Watford-Brighton service (operated by Southern)
The Group is looking to gain agreement from the different railway organisations to secure Southern’s Watford-Brighton service, re-instate direct trains through Clapham Junction throughout each day, reinstate the service north to Milton Keynes and double the service’s frequency through most, if not all, its length. The Group’s long-term aim is for a through daily service to be provided between Brighton and Birmingham.
Clapham-Willesden service (operated by Silverlink)
The Group is looking for a similar expansion of Silverlink’s Clapham-Willesden service eastwards, integrating it with the very popular North London Line service so that passengers can travel direct between the West London Line and areas such as Finchley Road, Hampstead, Camden, Highbury, Hackney and Stratford – and vice versa.
New West London Line Stations at Shepherd’s Bush and Imperial Wharf
The Group is also seeking an early start on both the new stations proposed on the line at Shepherd’s Bush and Imperial Wharf and agreement on the service pattern and station facilities at each.
Shepherd’s Bush will be built immediately adjacent to the new major White City retail and leisure complex. It will provide interchange with the Central London, many bus routes and, in time, the West London Tram.
Imperial Wharf station is to be built just north of the West London Line railway bridge over the River Thames. It will serve the Townmead Road and Lots Road areas of Fulham and Chelsea, with the recent and proposed developments of Imperial Wharf, Chelsea Harbour and Lots Road Power Station. The area is poorly served by public transport and this station will allow future passengers much easier access to the Underground at West Brompton and the myriad rail services at Clapham Junction.
Refrancising of the North London Lines operated by Silverlink
The Group is following with interest the unfolding of the proposals for Transport for London to become more involved with overground rail services in London, especially as the first refranchising under these new arrangements is expected to be that for the part of the network currently operated by Silverlink. This includes the Clapham-Willesden West London Line service. The Group would be keen for a new operation to feature through trains between the West and North London Lines, as long as these would not jeopardise the present Southern service between Watford and Brighton.
Improvements to passenger services and facilities
The Group will continue to press for improved services for passengers, ranging from service frequency and punctuality, real-time and static information, ticket availability, on-train and on-station facilities and cleanliness.
The Group will, as far as it is able, act as an information conduit between passengers and relevant railway and other organisations.
Possible direct District Line services between Kensington Olympia and the City
The Group is also likely to consider asking for the feasibility to be investigated of operating through District Line trains between Kensington Olympia and Mansion House or beyond, especially during peak hours on weekdays.
Empress State at West Brompton next to Earls Court Exhibition Centre is attracting many additional passengers to the West London Line