Harlow Labour leader questions Tory commitment to Central Line extension

News / Thu 12th Aug 2021 at 12:18pm

THE LEADER of the Harlow Labour Group has reacted with scepticism at the news that the Conservative-led council’s actively considering a possible extension of the Central Line to Harlow.

Councillor Chris Vince said: “The Labour Party clearly welcomes any improved connectivity for Harlow, particularly anything that gets people out of their cars.

However, I have to wonder about the timing of this statement from the Tory administration particularly considering Transport for London haven’t even been contacted.

The idea of extending the underground to Harlow is not a new one but one which TfL have never had much of an appetite for in the past.

“This announcement, if you can even call it that, sounds like another bold statement with very little chance of coming to reality, which seems to be a pattern for this Tory regime.

“Perhaps they should be more focused on securing this new hospital they’ve spent years promising or on creating more employment opportunities for our towns young people.

“It also smacks of hypocrisy considering the way, while in opposition, they shamelessly ridiculed the late Danny Purton for wanting to create a sustainable transport system for our town. These included having discussions with Epping council about greater links to their existing underground station. 

“Fortunately the people of Harlow won’t be fooled by empty statements and will remember the pledges that this administration has failed to keep”.

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12 Comments for Harlow Labour leader questions Tory commitment to Central Line extension:

Jake Shepherd
2021-08-12 12:26:04

Time and time again, be it at Westminster or our own Civic Centre, the bold words of Conservative adminstrations lack any real substance or planning. Don't offer Harlow residents empty promises when trust in politicians still hasn't recovered.

Tony Durcan
2021-08-12 12:42:47

Not sure who the Tories are lobbying as no one from Epping Forest knows about this announcement as most of the track will be on their land. Not aware even Tory controlled ECC have approved or even recommended this idea. Transport for London in the past have always said no. The former mayor for London Mr Johnson wanted to actually stop the central line at Redbridge. My guess the local MP would be taking all the credit if it was realistic. If they were lobbying the Labour mayor for London you might have thought it would be good to talk to the local Harlow Labour group at some point prior to this announcement. Guess it’s a good headline at least but like the cycle track commitment it may come back to haunt them. More like smoke and mirrors to get the headline aware from more domestic issues.

Steve snail
2021-08-12 12:55:17

Oyster card at harlow town station....problem sorted

gary roberts
2021-08-12 13:22:00

Hold the front page: Harlow Council to ask for the Central Line to be extended to Harlow. Really? When? or even Why? I would ask: Why? In three months all the real concerns for local residents' have been either shelved, forgotten or ignored. Add the election promises by the current cohort of Conservative councillors in May 2021 and you get warm words only. For example more police and CCTV installations, business support, Osler House, and housing. As I said before the local elections: No difference just a different colour on the badge. If I am incorrect then perhaps Your Harlow should ask for detailed plans to deal with these issues. I suspect there are none! And finally, did anyone see mention in the Conservative manifesto of tube line extension? No neither did I.

Tony Durcan
2021-08-12 14:42:19

Steve makes a good point it would help if the train companies and underground would use the service card/app. That would make a difference and something worth lobbying about. Worth pinching that idea and calling it your own Tory spin Doctor. Sensible suggestion Steve

2021-08-12 14:55:05

What Steve snail said. ((Thumbs up £)

Jimmy Salmon
2021-08-12 15:23:27

Tony Durcan aren’t you the person that was supposedly in charge of regenerating Harlow when you lost the £10 million for the town centre? Speaking of the town centre, you did nothing to improve it? How many years did you have that job? Probably why you were sacked from it by the people of Harlow

2021-08-12 15:26:42

Lobbying to extend the zones and put Harlow in zone 9 or similar would be much more useful. Lower fares and full integration into the TfL fare system would really help. The current train service looks fine other than the cost.

Jimmy Salmon
2021-08-12 15:26:47

Tony Durcan never mind a spin doctor, you were voted out because you did nothing. Stop trying to spin that. Why would anyone take your advice when you did absolutely nothing?

Tony Durcan
2021-08-12 18:09:54

Hi Jimmy just to make the truth clear and avoid any Tory nasty spin. The application was turned down by the government as we’re other towns bids. However our second bid was successful and actually provided more resources to the town. The simple truth is you don’t always succeed in all bids but it never stops you trying. Tories are claiming ownership but the final bid was submitted by the council whilst we were in office. That is no spin no lie just the plain truth. Thank you for giving me the chance to show evidence of Tory spin.

2021-08-12 18:44:56

Every feed I read it’s a Councillor or wannabe mp. Let the community have a word. You political lot don’t listen to us. That’s why you are failing. And when somethings go your way you claim it, NO! Listen to the community ffs. Stop with the left and right of shite.

Jimmy Salmon
2021-08-14 11:56:30

Hi Tony Thanks for your reply and honesty. Can I ask you whether you think you and Labour did a good job at regenerating the town centre in your 10 years?

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