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15 June 2011
Weekday District line services between Earl's Court and Kensington Olympia will be axed from December 2011 if TfL plans go ahead. But it's not too late for passengers to protest. TfL has agreed to extend the consultation period until Thursday 30 June 2011 to allow more local people to give their views.Kensington and Chelsea Council has already expressed its concern to TfL, arguing that Kensington Olympia provides a vital link to Earl's Court and High Street Kensington where passengers are able to interchange with other tube lines. Any reduction in service, the Royal Borough believes, will have an adverse effect on residents and local businesses. Councillor Nick Paget-Brown, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea's Cabinet Member for Transportation and Highways, said: "I would expect TfL to think long and hard before any decision is taken to remove this valuable service. I don't believe that local people have been properly consulted so far and am therefore pleased that TfL has decided to keep its consultation open until the end of June. "At a time with big developments on the horizon for Warwick Road, and the likely extra demand for Olympia when the Earl's Court Exhibition Centre closes, Tfl's plans seem short termist and unwise." "I would urge residents and businesses to find out more about these plans and to make their view known to TfL."Residents can have their say on TfL's plans before 30 June 2011 by writing to London Underground's Customer Service Centre, 55 Broadway, London SW1H 0BD, calling the LU Customer Service Centre on 0845 330 9880 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and inserting in the subject line "Olympia District line consultation".
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