Mayor answers to London
Question by Navin Shah
How many passengers used Willesden Green station when it was opened as a stop on the Metropolitan Line during the Jubilee Line closures over the past two years? What are the obstacles to making it a permanent stop on the Metropolitan Line?
Answer by Boris Johnson (1st Term)
During Jubilee line closures, starting in 2009, the Metropolitan line stopped at Willesden Green for a total of 37 days. Over this two year period 323,088 passengers used the station an average of 8,732 on each day, compared with a typical Saturday and Sunday usage by Jubilee line customers at the station of 14,131 and 10,804 respectively.
Stopping Metropolitan line trains at Willesden Green station during planned Jubilee line closures has clearly provided significant benefits for people affected by the closures, whether travelling to Willesden Green or connecting with buses to continue their journey to another station.
However, stopping Metropolitan line trains at the station permanently would have the opposite effect. It would give only a very marginal benefit to those using the station, who have a fast and frequent Jubilee line service, with easy connections to the Metropolitan line at Wembley Park or Finchley Road. Conversely it would make journey times longer for the much larger group of passengers already on Metropolitan line trains.
Transport for London (TfL) therefore has no plans to make this change.