Whitton Station

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/1663
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Ahead of the Rugby World Cup next year will you work do everything possible to persuade the Government that Whitton Station is not fit for purpose and needs urgent improvement work?

Answer

Answer for Whitton Station

Answer for Whitton Station

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Tony, actually, I was down at Whitton Station the other day and a lady came up to me and said, “Nothing has been done here for 40 years.  It has been the same since I was a kid.  Nothing has happened”.  Obviously, this not one of our stations.  This is a Network Rail station.  I am told, though, that South West Trains and Network Rail are at last carrying out some improvements and I fully support those and will lobby for them.

 

Tony Arbour AM:  Whitton is one of the places that were recipients of your Outer London Fund.

 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  They have done a great job in the high street.

 

Tony Arbour AM:  When you were there, you will have seen how Whitton has been transformed from the Ultralux double‑glazing firm right down to the Nelson Public House.  You made the point that this station is not your responsibility, but of course during the World Cup, London as a whole will be on display and Whitton is one of the principal stations for access to the Twickenham rugby ground.  Under those circumstances, it may be that you may be able to access funding to provide a catalyst to see that Whitton Station is improved in time for the World Cup.

 

Darren Johnson AM (Chair):  Thank you.  A quick answer to that because the Conservative group is now running out of time.

 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  How could I have a catalyst?  Do you mean catalytic TfL funding?  We either fund the station improvements or we do not.

 

Tony Arbour AM:  No, I said a catalyst for funding, not for TfL funding.

 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  OK.  Sorry, Tony.

 

Tony Arbour AM:  You are a lightning rod.

 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  A lightning rod?  I agree with all of this.  I am.  I am certainly a lightning rod.  Listen.  I definitely want to get Whitton Station done.  I think it will be done.  More importantly, the thing we should focus on is travel demand management during the Rugby World Cup.  We did a great job during the Olympics.  We cannot be complacent.  It is coming down the track very fast now.  It may be that the demand will be much lower. ‑‑

 

Darren Johnson AM (Chair):  It is something we do not have time to deal with today because ‑‑

 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  It is very interesting, though.

 

Darren Johnson AM (Chair):  It is very, very interesting.

 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Come on.  I worry about it.  We have to sort it out.