London Underground Services to Kensington (Olympia)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2011-07-13
Session date: 
July 13, 2011
Reference: 
2011/2275
Question By: 
Nicky Gavron
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

If a refurbished Olympia is to make up for the loss of the Earl's Court Exhibition Centres, why has Transport for London decided to withdraw London Underground services to Kensington (Olympia) from December this year?

Answer

Answer for London Underground Services to Kensington (Olympia)

Answer for London Underground Services to Kensington (Olympia)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London Underground (LU) is currently consulting on this proposal, but should it proceed Olympia will continue to be a very well connected venue.

The current District line service to Olympia will continue to run at weekends, which tend to get more exhibition traffic, and for the busiest events London Underground will operate a special service. London Overground and Southern between them offer up to seven trains per hour in the peaks and five trains per hour off-peak from Kensington (Olympia), with good connections to the Tube at West Brompton, Shepherd's Bush and Willesden Junction.

There are many bus services, either direct to the venue or linking Olympia with nearby Tube stations at High Street Kensington, Hammersmith, West Brompton and Fulham Broadway.

There is no shortage of ways to get to this venue by public transport.

The reality is that this service, which carries fewer than 30 people per train, causes a direct delay to 150,000 customers through Earls Court, with a bigger knock on effect for all District line customers. Removing this service would eliminate those delays and enable LU to increase peak capacity on the most crowded sections of the District line.