Bob Crow's latest attempt to cripple the tube network failed to even slow down a single train, TfL has stepped into the breech to tell West Londoners who edure the Hammersmith & Shitty Line that they are going to close the whole line for three weeks between mid July and August.
Work at Paddington to help deliver Crossrail and an upgrade of the Tube station will mean London Underground’s (LU) Circle and Hammersmith & City line services will be suspended between Hammersmith and Edgware Road for three weeks this summer.
The works at Paddington will apparently involve the demolition of a disused taxi ramp and canopy that sit above the Hammersmith and City platforms and means that trains will not be able to operate in that area. London Underground are trying to sweeten the pill by saying they will "take advantage of the closure" to carry out essential renewal and upgrade works, which otherwise could have required weekend closures.
The closure will begin on Saturday 24 July and services will resume on Monday 16 August. Hammersmith & City services will operate from Edgware Road to Whitechapel while Circle line services will operate the old route. Rail replacement services will operate between Hammersmith and Edgware Road and there will be ticket acceptance on local bus and tube services.
Nigel Holness, London Underground’s Service Director, said: “Due to nature of the works at Paddington we will not be able to operate services between Hammersmith and Edgware Road. We are taking advantage of this to accelerate additional upgrade works including platform extension essential for the new longer air conditioned trains. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, and would advise passengers to check for alternatives routes by visiting www.tfl.gov.uk.”
Thanks for that Nigel, but it's a disgrace. We heard recently that we're all going to be fleeced once again for inflation busting price rises to travel on your packed, boiling hot & frequently late trains in the not too distant future so this comes as just what we wanted to hear.