|Concern Over Boat Race Day Train Cancellations|
Team responsible for ensuring safety on the day not consulted by SW Trains
Concerns are being expressed about the impact of the lack of any train service over the Easter Holiday weekend when the University Boat Race is due to take place.
Over a quarter of a million people regularly attend the annual event but this year there will be no trains at stations serving the local areas along the route such as Putney, Barnes, Barnes Bridge and Chiswick. The race is taking place on Sunday 27 March.
The Boat Race leads to the busiest day of the year for many high streets on the route but it appears that neither Network Rail or South West Trains have consulted with bodies organising activities in the area.
Thamesfield councillor Mike Ryder said, "I do appreciate the train companies have to do engineering work at quieter periods, but Putney seems to have borne more than its share of problems when all the delays to completing the mainline station refurbishment are included. And South West Trains never seem to publicise these shutdowns in a big enough or early enough way."
SWT have advised travellers to avoid Clapham Junction over the Easter weekend as trains will not run between Clapham Junction and Barnes for all four days. This is due to the four day project to replace Fairfield Street Bridge near Wandsworth Town station.
March 4, 2016