Failure in new railway timetable needs to be addressed

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South Western Railway (SWR) has been urged to rethink their proposals following a December 2018 timetable consultation.

The consultation put forward a proposed new timetable. The Council has acknowledged SWR’s aim for a more uniform approach to the timetable, stopping patterns and journey times but has raised concerns about the inconvenience the changes will cause to some of the borough’s residents.

Councillors will outline their concerns at a meeting with SWR in April including:

♦ Why many of the additional fast trains are not proposed to stop at Richmond, Twickenham and Whitton
♦ The adverse impact on Whitton Station of losing three semi-fast trains when the station has recently undergone significant investment to make it more accessible.
♦ Why there is no mention of the impact on level crossings in the borough of having more trains. Additional barrier down time on the Windsor line is a concern, specifically in Mortlake.
♦ Ensuring services do not adversely impact the stations in the borough which serve as important interchanges between semi-fast and local services. SWR should take into account ‘exchange windows’ to give commuters enough time to transition between trains.