Park Royal Piccadilly line / Central line interchange 2001 Sep 17
Colin McKenzie - "The proposal is to create a Central Line / Piccadilly Line interchange where the lines cross at Park Royal. In the current version of the plans, the existing Piccadilly platforms are retained. The Central platforms will run east from the point where the street map shows a footbridge over the line. It appears that there will be a direct (low-level?) link from the eastbound Piccadilly platform to the westbound Central one. There is agreement with London Underground. I guess the target is to have the station open mid-2002. There is a hint that platforms on the adjacent mainline tracks may be a possibility later. These would have to be further east because of the works siding connection, which is being retained" In October 1998 Guinness, the developers of the First Central Business Park who are funding the scheme, held an exhibition concerning this scheme On 19th November 1998, Brent had their planning meeting and referred the business park scheme to the government because it violates zoning policy - the government had 21 days to respond. Brent are unhappy about bus provision: while bus provision for the completed business park will be financially viable, Brent want Guinness to fund a comprehensive bus network through the early years when the business park is only partly opened The original plan included moving the Piccadilly platforms northward to the other side of Western Avenue and building the Central platforms further west, so that the Piccadilly and Central platforms would be close together at one end. However, the Piccadilly Line is on a slope and Her Majesty's Railway Inspectorate won't allow new platforms to be built on a slope. Therefore replacing the existing Piccadilly platforms (which are sloping) south of Western Avenue and replacing them with new sloping platforms north of Western Avenue would not be legal. Changing the level of the Piccadilly Line would cost more money, so the Piccadilly platforms are being left where they are. The HMRI are therefore ensuring that all passengers interchanging at Park Royal over the next fifty years will have a 200 metre walk to the present sloping Piccadilly platforms instead of a 10 metre walk to new sloping platforms By July 1999, the exact timetable for the work had not been decided, but the order in which work would be performed was tightly controlled: the new access road must open before the first office block can open, and the station must open before the third office block can open. The station is unlikely to open before 2001, and the full development (at least 8 office blocks) is supposed to be completed by 2004 (this is rumoured to be "optimistic") For further information contact Michaela Penfold at Cadenza Communications (Tel: +44 (0)20 7436 4444) Street map showing existing station and lines By May 2000, the office development was under construction, but station construction appeared not to have started In March 2001, the Park Royal Partnership's Draft Transport Strategy stated that Guinness would also fund construction of a bus station at the tube station
Hanger Lane Station relocation 2001 Sep 17
In March 2001, the Park Royal Partnership's Draft Transport Strategy suggested that following the opening of the new Park Royal Central line platforms, Hanger Lane station might be relocated westwards to the vicinity of Lynwood Road in order to better serve Brentham. The existing station was unpopular because of perceived security problems in the underpasses. Relocation would also allow reconfiguration of the gyratory system.
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