More trains to arrive at Forest Gate station soon, TfL tells West Ham MP
PUBLISHED: 10:33 29 March 2017 | UPDATED: 10:42 29 March 2017
Transport for London (TfL) has pledged to address passenger safety and congestion at two train stations after an MP raised concerns.
Senior TfL staff have told West Ham MP Lyn Brown that they hope to bring the installation of lifts at Forest Gate station forward to between December 2017 and April 2018.
They also plan to provide an extra three rush-hour trains per day from May at the station to ease overcrowding, and consider step-free access at Plaistow tube station.
The move follows months of inconvenience for fed-up commuters at Forest Gate and Maryland stations where ‘lock-out’ measures to prevent jam-packed platforms have seen commuters waiting on the street, sometimes causing crowds to spill onto busy roads.
Major changes at the station, including a temporary bridge and steep staircase, were introduced months ago while Network Rail undertakes essential improvement works as part of the Crossrail programme.
However, commuters – including a group of mothers just days ago – called for lifts to be installed now to prevent the “difficult and dangerous” conditions facing passengers.
Ms Brown welcomed TfL’s committment to investigate times where the ‘lock-out’ tactic is used during non-peak hours.
The West Ham PM said she also felt reassured to hear that there will be an introduction of longer trains by May, with half of existing stock replaced by mid-September.
This will now include a new Liverpool Street service at 6.37am and two additional Shenfield services at 4.15pm and 7.45pm every weekday evening.
She said: “We had a good, wide-ranging discussion, and I’m grateful TfL are committed to a number of service improvements in the coming months.
“I will continue to listen to residents’ concerns and monitor the progress that TfL makes.”