Monday 20 Feb 2006
£2.5 MILLION INVESTMENT FOR THE NORTH LONDON LINEwww.silverlink-trains.com and www.tube.tfl.gov.uk. In addition, Silverlink, South West trains and London Underground will hold ‘Meet the Manager’ events at all affected stations and additional Customer Information Assistants will be on hand to assist during the closure. Silverlink Metro’s Route Director, Mark Steward commented: “Silverlink’s Metro route is a vital rail artery around north London and any problems at the Richmond end impact on the whole service. That is why the junction at Gunnersbury is so important to the operation of the whole route. The replacement of the junction by our colleagues in Network Rail is therefore an important step in securing the future of the Metro route. We will do our best to minimise any inconvenience to passengers while the work is carried out and, with London Underground and London Buses, have drawn up a comprehensive range of alternative routes for passengers wanting to travel to/from stations between Richmond and South Acton/Turnham Green during this period. “ Alternative travel arrangements South West Trains services through Richmond are not be affected by this work. • Bus replacement services will operate on the North London Line between Richmond and Acton Central, and between Richmond and Willesden Junction on 1/2 April only • District line passengers can make use of South West Trains services from Richmond to London Waterloo (valid tube tickets will be accepted). London Underground trains will also be diverted at Richmond to Ealing Broadway and Wimbledon. Bus replacement services will operate between Richmond and Turnham Green. Bob Thorogood, General Manager of the District line, added: "Once the work is complete, District line customers travelling between Richmond and Turnham Green should notice a smoother, more reliable journey that is less prone to disruption - especially to flooding, track and signal failure. During the closure, valid LU tickets will be accepted on South West Train services between Richmond and Waterloo and frequent rail replacement bus services will be in operation. LU District line services that would normally terminate at Richmond will instead terminate at Ealing Broadway during off-peak periods and at Wimbledon and Ealing Broadway during the morning and evening peak." Customers are advised to check their travel details in advance with National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 or London Travel Information on 020 7222 1234.
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