New Crossrail Elizabeth line: Mayor of London pledges an increased service to stations across Ealing and Hillingdon from next year

Good news for commuters as Mayor commits to increasing and improving train services across the two boroughs

The Mayor of London has pledged to increase services to stations across Ealing and Hillingdonfrom next year ahead of the arrival of the Elizabeth Line.

On Thursday (November 30), London Assembly member Dr Onkar Sahota raised the issue of increased and improved services before the line opens in 2019.

The assembly member for Ealing and Hillingdon sought reassurances from the Mayor that Crossrailwill bring with it better services across his constituency.

In a written question to Sadiq Khan, he asked if he would reassure commuters using Hayes & Harlington, Southall, Hanwell, West Ealing, Ealing Broadway and Acton Mainline stations.

Dr Sahota asked: “Will they too benefit from increased services at their stations as a result of the extra trains per hour being laid on west of Paddington?

“Will he confirm to me how many trains will serve each of these stations per hour in both directions?”

Responding to Dr Sahota's question, the Mayor outlined plans to increase services for passengers at the stations, saying they would experience an “increased and improved service”.

During Mayor's Question Time, he said that Acton Main Line station would see four trains per hour, Ealing Broadway 12 trains and Hanwell six during peak periods.

The Mayor suggested customers travelling from West Ealing, Hayes & Harlington and Southall can soon expect 10 trains per hour at peak times.

Customers travelling to Heathrow terminals can also expect an improved six trains per hour.

Speaking after the Mayor's pledge, Dr Sahota said: “It is vital that residents across west London see an improved train service from Crossrail.

“I am very pleased that the mayor has said that Transport for London is working with Network Rail to improve the frequency of train services across Ealing and Hillingdon.

“I will continue to work with TfL and the Mayor of London to make sure that local's needs, concerns and priorities are heard.”

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