Kensington Olympia

MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Will you  open Kensington Olympia station on the circle / district line to avoid the chaos resulting from no TFL underground station at London's premier exhibition centre?


Answer for Kensington Olympia

Answer for Kensington Olympia

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The decision to run the District line service to Kensington (Olympia) at weekends has allowed London Underground to provide much needed additional capacity on the rest of the line during the week. This has been particularly important on the very busy Wimbledon branch. As such, there are no plans to reinstate a weekday District line service to Olympia.

Passengers going to or from Olympia when the Tube is not running have a number of good alternatives available. The station is served by frequent London Overground services, which are now operated by 5-car trains, bringing a 25 per cent increase in capacity. TfL's London Overground services are supplemented by Southern services on the West London line, providing a total of ten trains per hour to and from Olympia, with easy connections to the Tube network at West Brompton and Shepherds Bush. There are also frequent local bus services available. In addition, on the days when there are large events at the Exhibition Centre, TfL operates a dedicated shuttle bus to and from Earl's Court for those passengers who still choose to go via that route.

The limited Tube service to Kensington (Olympia) is made clear on the Tube map, on car-line diagrams on trains themselves, through on-train announcements and on TfL's online Journey Planner. The Olympia Exhibition Centre also has travel options displayed on its website.