|Both Sides Claim Victory Over Hanwell Station Entrance|
Commuters have been calling for another station opening for years
Funding has been secured for the reopening of the southern entrance to Hanwell railway station - and both Labour and Conservatives are claiming the victory.
Transport for London (TfL), chaired by London Mayor Boris Johnson, have agreed to spend £250,000 from TfL Crossrail Complementary Measures (CCM) funds to re-open the southern access.
It was closed a number of years ago after concerns over crime.
The Conservatives say pressure to reopen it began as far back as 2009 under their administration.
Conservative councillor for Elthorne ward, Anita Kapoor, says:
However Labour say that it was their work that produced the result.
Cabinet member for Transport, Councillor Bassam Mahfouz said:
“After Labour has been campaigning on this issue for a number of years I am delighted that we have secured the southern entrance that commuters in Hanwell have been demanding for so long.”
Local Elthorne ward councillor Yoel Gordon said:
'' I am delighted that work will start soon. Hanwell Labour submitted a petition on this subject to the council in the autumn. I am delighted that Network rail have listened to the pressure that we and the local community have put on them and agreed to fund this vital improvement for local commuters.”
Local Hobbayne ward Councillor Ray Wall also added:
Work will start in the next few months.
14th February 2014