Local London Assembly Member, Dr Onkar Sahota AM, joined the Transport for London (TfL) Commissioner, Andy Byford, on a visit to the recently revamped Southall and Hayes and Harlington Elizabeth Line stations. Dr Sahota said that the improvements will significantly improve accessibility and connectivity for local people, but warned that transport services are being put “at risk” by the Government’s refusal “to provide TfL with a multi-year funding deal”.
Dr Sahota’s visit came after TfL’s Crossrail Committee heard on Wednesday (26th January) that current plans to open the Elizabeth Line by June are “achievable”.
The revamped Southall station opened in August, followed by Hayes and Harlington the following month.
Both of the new stations now have modernised and spacious ticket halls, with lifts providing step-free access to platform level.
Southall station has the added detail of bi-lingual signage to reflect the local history and contributions of the Punjabi community.
The next deadline for the Government to provide Transport for London with a further emergency funding settlement is Friday 4th February.
The Mayor of London and TfL Commissioner have warned that without a long-term funding agreement, London’s transport services will fall into a state of managed decline.
Local London Assembly Member, Dr Onkar Sahota AM, said:
“It was fantastic to join the TfL Commissioner to officially visit the new Elizabeth Line stations which will open up local transport links for disabled Londoners with step-free access.
“Both of the new stations are very impressive with glass exteriors and revamped ticket halls. I am particularly pleased that bi-lingual signage has been kept in place to honour the contribution and rich history of the local Punjabi community.
“It was positive to hear this week that the Elizabeth Line is on track to open by June. This will significantly enhance our connectivity with Central London and bring vital investment into Ealing and Hillingdon.
“This is a reminder of what can be achieved with sustained investment in our transport network, but if the Government refuses to provide TfL with a multi-year funding deal by the end of the week, it could put local transport services and future upgrades at risk”.