In Autumn 2016, GTR published proposals for a completely new timetable across their routes with effect from 2018. While most Great Northern stations will benefit from an enhanced service, their initial proposals for Hadley Wood would have reduced our service significantly, based on passenger demand figures that we believe are inaccurate and incomplete at our gate-less Zone 6 station on unrecordable tickets such as Annual Gold Cards and Freedom Passes.
The RUG started a campaign in October 2016 to raise awareness of the proposed reduction in service which would be detrimental to the quality of life here. Our unique combination of circumstances – in shorthand, Isolation, Oyster and Accessibility – make the full “metro” service essential.
We presented GTR’s Head of Strategic Planning with a comprehensive dossier and a petition of some 3,500 signatures and kept in close consultation with him and our elected representatives throughout the year. In November 2017 we were delighted when the Head of Strategic Planning returned here in Phase 3 of the Consultation to announce enhanced proposals of 4 trains per hour every day, including weekends, in response to our campaign. His presentation is attached below. The availability of late night trains from central London is still a concern and we hope for a better schedule when the 2018 Timetable is finally published in Spring 2018.
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