Tfl confirms decision to drop Olympia weekday tube

Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed it will axe weekday tube services to Kensington (Olympia) from December as part of an overhaul of the District Line.
 
The
announcement comes despite protests from the UK exhibition industry and
local residents against the cuts. In a statement, London Underground
said it will go ahead and cut the weekday Kensington (Olympia) line in
order to introduce additional services on the Wimbledon branch of the
District Line.
 
London Underground confirmed the decision after a
public consultation process involving 18,000 people. The authority
claimed almost 80 per cent of those participating were in favour of the
tube cuts.
 
“After taking into account all the responses we
received, and in light of the benefits that the changes will deliver, we
have decided to go ahead with the changes; these will come into effect
in December,” London Underground MD Mike Brown said in a statement. “The
Olympia service will continue to operate during the weekend and we will
also operate a special weekday service during the busiest events at
Olympia.”

In response, Earls Court and Olympia (EC&O) group
MD Nigel Nathan said he was satisfied that the transport authority had
acknowledged the venue’s concerns about losing the tube line.
 
To
compensate, TfL has committed to providing a two trains per hour
shuttle service between Kensington High Street and Olympia via Earls
Court when exhibition and events at Olympia attract sufficient demand.
These will run from 10am to 11pm. The size of events that will trigger
such a service has not been detailed however. 
 
Other
compensations include improving station signage to the venue, in
particular at Earls Court and Shepherd’s Bush, plus new announcements on
trains for travel to Olympia.
 
“London Underground will continue
to monitor demand for services at Olympia to ensure events are
adequately supported,” Nathan continued. He pointed out Hammersmith,
Barons Court, West Kensington and High Street Kensington tube stations
are within a ten-minute walk of Olympia.
 
There are currently seven London Overground and Southern Train services combined per hour in peak times and five per hour off-peak.
 
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