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Posts Tagged ‘Transport for London’

EC&O dismisses TfL’s special tube service

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

In the latest chapter in the long-running saga of tube services from Olympia to Olympia exhibition centre, venue owner Earls Court and Olympia (EC&O) has played down a special underground service to be provided for 20 shows at the venue during the next six months.

Following negotiations with Transport for London (TfL), the special services have been implemented now that the full weekday service has ended. Between January and June 2012, two trains an hour will run off-peak to the venue on weekdays, with the full District line service continuing to operate at weekends and on Bank Holidays. Shows to get the special tube service include the London International Horse Show, the Doctor Who Experience and the National Wedding Show.

EC&O, however, has been rather dismissive, urging visitors to use the overground train service instead. Said EC&O Head of Marketing, Tom Lambregts, “The best way to get to Olympia is on the excellent overground service. It is a far more frequent service, with up to seven trains an hour.”

The full list of the shows set to receive the special District Line service is as follows:

London International Horse Show,13-19 Dec

BETT 2012, 11-13 Jan

Doctor Who Experience, 12-13 Jan & Feb 13-14

Toy Fair, 25-26 Jan

Learning Tech Exhibition, 25-26 Jan

Cloud Expo Europe, 25 Jan

Pure Womenswear Spring, 13-14 Feb

London Investor, Feb 24

Who do you think you are! Feb 24

The National Wedding Show, 24 Feb

Stitch & Craft, 16 Mar

Landscape, 16 Mar

Boden Sale, 16 Mar

British & International Franchise, 16 Mar

Social Media World Forum, 28 Mar

UCAS London, 28-30 Mar

Counter Terror Expo, 25-26 Apr

HRD, 25-26 Apr

Spirit of Summer,16-18 May

Café Culture, 16-17 May

Allergy Show, 18 May

Medical Commissioning, 27-28 Jun

Marketing Week Live, 27-28 Jun

Olympia tube service cut

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Transport for London (TfL) has decided to go ahead with its plans to cut underground services to Olympia. Following a public consultation, TfL will implement the withdrawal of weekday tube services to Kensington Olympia in December. The organisation claims that almost 80% of people were in favour of the change. The Olympia tube service will continue to operate at weekends, as well as for major weekday events at the Olympia exhibition centre.

Commenting on the decision, Managing Director of the Earls Court & Olympia (EC&O) group, Nigel Nathan, said he was confident that Olympia remains the best-connected exhibition venue in London. The EC&O group had opposed the service cuts, being supported by the Association of Event Organisers (AEO) and members of the local community. Former CEO of the AEO, Austin Hawkins, had previously warned that the service changes could “kill the events business there”.

TfL claims that the new timetable will “reduce delays” and bag “capacity for an additional 4,000 passengers on the Wimbledon branch every weekday morning”; the carrier will provide five extra trains to operate on the Wimbledon branch during the morning peak.

Mr Nathan said, “We are satisfied that Transport for London has acknowledged our concerns and confirmed that London Underground will provide a number of measures to mitigate any impact on Olympia, including a two train per hour shuttle service between High Street Kensington and Olympia via Earls Court when events at Olympia attract sufficient demand.” Apparently, London Underground has also committed to working with EC&O to ensure that Olympia visitors receive better information via the Journey Planner, station announcements and signage.