Brent politican slams transport bosses over further Jubilee Line closures
PUBLISHED: 17:42 24 August 2011 | UPDATED: 15:52 25 August 2011
London Assembly member claims the situation is a fiasco
A politician has accused transport bosses of being untrustworthy after they announced the Jubilee Line faces further closures in the autumn.
Navin Shah London Assembly member for Brent and Harrow has slammed Transport for London after they promised the closures would be a thing of the past by the end of the summer.
However today (Wednesday), they announced a further three weekend closures between Stanmore and West Hampstead due to upgrade work on the Metropolitan Line.
Mr Shah, who has lobbied Boris Johnson, Tfl chairman and London Mayor, about the closures, has been left reeling by the news.
He told the Times: “TfL are a law on to their own and therefore can not be trusted about anything they say nor can the Mayor.
“Boris keeps fobbing off the people in Brent and Harrow as the deadline keeps on slipping.
“The whole situation is a complete fiasco.”
According to Mr Shah, the closures which stretch back to 2007, have had a detrimental effect on residents, commuters and traders.
He said: “Boris Johnson’s failure to end the weekend closures is causing huge disruption to millions of tube users and lost income to many small businesses.
“As a commuter I can say that there is one part of my journey that I dread on the way to City Hall and that’s when I’m on the Jubilee Line – it is a nightmare.
“Tfl should be ashamed of how they have allowed the Jubilee Line to operate.”
A spokeswoman for the Mayor said: “The Jubilee line upgrade work is now complete and as part of a separate strand of upgrade work on the Metropolitan line, four partial closures are required at weekends on one part of the Jubilee line because the two lines run alongside each other in one section, leading to a shared depot.
“We appreciate that this does mean further frustrations when some interconnecting lines need maintenance and upgrade work.”
The closures will take place on September 3 – 4, 17- 18, and October 1-2 and 15-16 and effect the following stations: Stanmore, Canons Park, Queensbury, Kingsbury, Wembley Park, Neasden, Dollis Hill, Willesden Green and Kilburn.