Sadiq meets with station manager to discuss plans to address overcrowding.
I have long campaigned for much needed improvements at Earlsfield Station and I was delighted after years of campaigning and lobbying, we secured an £8million refurbishment of the station back in 2007. This work was finally completed in 2013 and involved the construction of a new booking hall, a wider entrance and new frontage, a new staircase, lift and walkway to Platform 3, a new lift and walkway to Platforms 1 and 2, new canopies on Platforms 2 and 3 and additional ticket machines, which were all completed last year and have made a real difference to local residents.
I know that overcrowding on the station platforms, particularly on the morning commute, has become a real problem at Earlsfield and so I have been in touch with the company responsible for Earlsfield Station (South West Trains) and recently met with Earlsfield Station Manager, to discuss plans to address the issue, and would like to share this information with local residents.
I am pleased to report that the lengthening of platforms 2 and 3 is now complete. This means that from 28th July Earlsfield Station will begin to receive 10 car trains rather than 8 cars at present. (Note this will only affect certain services at first). This will start to make a real difference to overcrowding at the station and vastly improve residents’ commutes.
South West Trains have introduced a range of further methods to help address overcrowding, as well as introducing 10 car trains, these include:
- A ‘turn up and go’ policy at peak times, which means trains don’t wait around if they arrive early, and helps to prevent the trains behind being held up
- Additional trains to run every day
- Staffing levels are also being reviewed, to see if more staff are needed to help reduce overcrowding
Moreover, there is further work being carried out on the platforms to improve facilities at the station; including new refreshment facilities, fencing, signage and seating areas, all of which I am assured be completed by the end of July.
I hope you find this update to be helpful, but please don’t hesitate to get in touch on email@example.com if you have any further queries.
Over the coming months I will be meeting with the station manager on a regular basis, to work with South West Trains and ensure Earlsfield residents have the train service they deserve.