Petition calls for reinstated services on the Central Line ‘Hainault’ loop

PUBLISHED: 12:29 11 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:46 11 November 2016

Petitioners call for more trains on the Central Line loop after the service was halved. Photo London Assembly

Petitioners call for more trains on the Central Line loop after the service was halved. Photo London Assembly

London Assembly

More than 1,500 commuters have signed a petition calling for the Central Line loop service to be reinstated at rush hour.

Assembly Member Tom copley. Photo  London AssemblyAssembly Member Tom copley. Photo London Assembly

Since August, those travelling from Roding Valley, Grange Hill and Chigwell stations - referred to locally at the Hainault loop – have been using a reduced service with the number of trains running at peak times halved.

Labour Londonwide Assembly Member, Tom Copley said hundreds of passengers have been left with a service “not fit for purpose” and at times commuters have had to wait 45 minutes for a train.

“While I appreciate that Transport for London (TfL) is trying to balance the demands of the two branches, I think they need to look again at reinstating the trains taking commuters directly into Central London via the Hainault Loop,” he said.

“This is a valuable transport link for commuters and those who live on the Central Line loop who have suddenly seen services cut.

“I am pleased to be able to bring this to the Mayor and TfL’s attention – I hope that at least some of the trains which have been cancelled can be reinstated.”

Mr Copley said the reduced service, from six trains to three, has come at a time when passenger usage of this section of the line has increased by 20 per cent.

Commuter Caroline Milton organised the petition and said she spoke to many other London Underground users who were affected by the reduced service on a daily basis.

“To suddenly have your morning commute changed like this has had a huge impact,” she said.

“Commuters do not feel they were properly consulted.”

“I am delighted to deliver this petition and hope TfL listens to our concerns.”

A TfL spokeswomen said: “We acknowledge that the petition has been received and we are looking into concerns raised.”

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