Labour’s petition for a better deal for rail passengers during London Bridge station rebuild

Labour candidates at London Bridge station

Labour candidates Cherry Parker, Paul Morrissey and Damien Welfare at London Bridge station

Labour’s candidates for Blackheath Westcombe ward – Paul Morrissey, Cherry Parker and Damien Welfare – have started a petition demanding a better deal for passengers during the rebuilding of London Bridge station.

The petition at change.org, which can be signed here, welcomes the rebuilding of the overcrowded and dingy London Bridge station, as it will improve the overall punctuality and reliability of trains into London in the long term.

But the rebuilding will have a major impact on passengers using Westcombe Park, Maze Hill, Blackheath and Kidbrooke stations: between 2015 and 2018, many trains will pass through London Bridge without stopping. As a result many passengers will need to drastically alter their journeys, starting from different stations and using buses and tube trains to reach their destinations.

This will make journeys longer, more crowded, and in some cases more costly for people who don’t use a season ticket. The problem has been covered extensively on this website over the past year (see here, here and here).

For those who have yet to read about it, here’s a summary of what’s planned:

  • From January 2015, all SouthEastern trains on the Greenwich line will be permanently re-routed to Cannon Street

  • From January 2015 to August 2016, there will be no services from London Bridge to Charing Cross

  • From August 2016, services to Cannon Street will not stop at London Bridge

The petition calls on SouthEastern Trains, Network Rail and Transport for London to work together to make things easier for passengers. Here’s what they could do:london Bridge redevelopment logo

  • Extend the hours of operation of Cannon Street station to match the current hours at Charing Cross

  • Give bigger discounts on river boats for Oyster card holders to help reduce the pressure on trains

  • Guarantee that people who will have to including bus or tube travel as part of their journey will not have to pay any more

  • Put longer 12-car trains on the Blackheath line to cope with greater demand

  • Provide free transport for rail passengers between London terminals and London Bridge station during the period of disruption

The railway line through London Bridge  is used by thousands of commuters from Blackheath and Westcombe Park every day. For those who work at London Bridge, or need to go to Guy’s Hospital for an outpatient’s appointment, not being able to get on or off trains at London Bridge for three years is a huge inconvenience. And for many of us, the Jubilee Line at North Greenwich and the Docklands Light Railway in Greenwich are a long bus ride away and not realistic alternatives.

With the worst disruption now only eight months off, it’s vital that Southeastern and Network Rail come up with a plan to minimise the chaos and ensure that rail passengers don’t end up unable to get to work, or out of pocket. Please show your support by signing the petition here.

 

 

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3 Responses to Labour’s petition for a better deal for rail passengers during London Bridge station rebuild

  1. Pingback: After 16 years as a Labour councillor in Blackheath and Westcombe Park, Alex Grant says thank you and goodbye | Blackheath Westcombe Labour

  2. Mr GD says:

    Sadly the rebuilding of London Bridge station will do little to improve the train service as it will still be relying on the limited single tracks to and from Charing Cross. Its probably another excuse to actually cut the services in the future

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