Northern Line update

Work is under-way on improving the Northern Line.  Sadiq has been working hard to minimise the impact of the closures on local residents.

  • Our tube network is over 100 years old.  Its founders couldn't have imagined how busy it would get.  In rush hour the over-crowding is simply unacceptable, but the system can't cope with any more trains.
  • Labour has funded a major modernisation programme for the Northern Line which will make it possible to run 20% more trains in rush-hour and cut journey times.
These improvements are desperately needed and can only be done when no trains are running.  A lot of the work is being done overnight, but some jobs are so big that there isn't time to do it in the few hours each night when no trains run.  That's why weekend closures are planned. 
  • Sadiq has met London Underground bosses to ensure they understand the impact line closures will have on local residents, and that it's essential we have alternatives such as high-frequency replacement bus services.
  • London Underground is controlled by Tory Mayor of London Boris Johnson.  He did not consult local residents before the closures and is not taking the action needed to keep our area moving.   Boris seems more interested in blaming the people doing the work than helping local residents.
  • Sadiq has also been in touch with Southern Railways and South West Trains, to explore options for improving staffing and train services from Balham and Earlsfield during tube closures.

If re-elected, Sadiq will continue to work for improvements to local public transport.  In particular, he will ensure local voices are heard over Boris Johnson's plans to cut ticket office opening and for all our Northern Line trains to go on the Bank branch. 
He will continue to fight Boris Johnson’s decision to stop a lift being built at Tooting Broadway station. The Tories mustn't be allowed to make these changes without listening to our views.

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