announced the withdrawal of all week day District Line Services to Kensington Olympia. The shock announcement means that for residents of Olympia there will be no weekday underground service.
The closure will also be of particular concern to local businesses that will be severely affected by a fall in the numbers of potential customers.
Commenting on the abolition of the service in his constituency ourMP Andy Slaughter said:
“This closure will come as an enormous blow to residents and businesses in and around Olympia.
It is outrageous for TFL to close down this valuable link, which is now a major rail interchange, with no public consultation. It is short sighted especially to those with limited mobility who will now have to walk nearly 20 minutes to the nearest underground station – I will be protesting in the strongest terms about these changes.”
You would think this is going to severely affect Boris Johnson's chances of being re-elected in this part of town, which for him is quite serious because previously he's done a lot to build his credibility here by emphasising his role in getting rid of the western extension of the c-charge and helping to kill off the Heathrow third runway. But when people realise one monday morning he's just taken their tube away all of that is likely to count for not much.
Expect Ken to leap on the bandwagon and promise a re-instatement of the service any time soon ...