|Justine Greening MP speaks to Putney & Roehampton|
Calling all Residents Associations!
District Line - Dire Service
I'm sure many of you who use the District Line will know that recently, passengers were stranded one day for several hours, some stuck on tubetrains in tunnels, due to an electrical fault on the main power line. It took most of the day to get the problem fixed, but Mr Thorogood has told me that they have found the main cause of the fault on the power cable and rectified it. However, there were some other faults that were discovered along the line during the review to find the first problem, and so further investigations are underway.
One particular problem originating from Wimbledon, meaning that for several days tube trains were running at half frequency, should have been fixed now. Apparently it was due to water/damp on the Wimbledon line and the work has now taken place to provide the necessary drainage.
As a District Line user is very frustrating when the service is so abysmal. The emails PutneySW15.com readers sent me telling me your experience was very helpful. Keep them coming because they mean I've far more than my own experience. Several thousand views are far more powerful to help be get things changed for the better and to make sure I can press for problems to be fixed fast.
In terms of some other longer term improvements, I've asked Mr Thorogood to look at whether the Putney Bridge station track can be improved - the tube has to go through a sort of chicane at the moment. It's possible to straighten out the track and use a different tube, which would speed up the tube. From our discussions it sounds like doing that work is a real possibility but might not happen for several years - something I'll try to get brought forward.
Roehampton Congestion - Public meeting with TfL
I've also asked the Parks Minister David Lammy MP to come to a meeting with residents in the next 2 months. Since the Robin Hood Gate was closed traffic has been much worse, and it's time Mr Lammy heard from residents so that he can reconsider his decision. I'm worried about road safety, pollution, congestion and the environmental impact on the Roehampton side of Richmond Park. As soon as I know when Mr Lammy is available, I'll let you all know.
Please do continue to get in touch with any issues you'd like my help on - email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the office on 0208 9440378 if you'd like to come to one of my weekly MP surgeries.
Justine Greening MP
March 2, 2006