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Disruption at London Bridge Station

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02 October 2014
No to Blackheath Station Car Park Charges From January 2015 commuters from my constituency who travel into central London using Southeastern rail services will be hugely affected by works at London Bridge Station as part of the Thameslink programme.

Below is a letter that I recently sent to the Managing Director of Southeastern to urge his organisation to publicise their revised ticketing arrangements as a matter of priority:


Mr David Statham
Managing Director
PO Box 63428

19th September 2014

Dear Mr Statham

London Bridge redevelopment – ticketing arrangements

I am emailing on behalf of my constituents, many of whom commute into central London using Southeastern rail services and will be adversely affected by works at London Bridge as part of the Thameslink programme.

I understand that from January 2015 until August 2016 Southeastern services to and from Charing Cross will not call at London Bridge. These services will resume in August 2016, at which point Southeastern services to and from Cannon Street will not call at London Bridge. I understand that these diversions will last until early 2018.

I am concerned we are now three months away from the proposed start date of the new service arrangements and Southeastern have not yet publicised revised ticketing arrangements for commuters seeking to travel to London Bridge station. Whilst it is unavoidable that my constituents will have to spend more time making their daily commutes, it is not yet clear whether they are expected to pay more for this inconvenience. To expect them to lose money as well as time would be totally unacceptable – if anything, they should be compensated for the disruption.

Whilst some of my constituents use zones 1-2 or zones 1-3 season tickets to travel into and around central London, some also have “point to point” season tickets which permit them to travel from their home station to London terminals. People who have purchased the latter tickets will not currently be permitted to use their season tickets on buses or London Underground, and they need clarification about whether they can do so free of charge while works at London Bridge are ongoing. Please can you clarify as a matter of urgency the alternative ticketing arrangements which will be put in place from January 2015 to early 2018? Please can you also confirm whether Southeastern will be compensating rail users for the increased time it will take for them to make their journey to destinations around London Bridge?

I am also concerned that awareness among residents in South East London about the works at London Bridge remains low. Rail users in my constituency will be hugely affected by the redevelopment of the station, and it is essential that they are fully aware of the impending disruption. Please can you advise what steps you will be taking to publicise the route changes, revised timetables and new ticketing arrangements to rail users?

The works at London Bridge are fast approaching and so I would be grateful if you could take my views into account and reply to me with your comments as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely

Heidi Alexander MP
Member of Parliament

Copy to:

Sir Peter Hendy CBE
Transport for London
42-50 Victoria Street
Windsor House

Mr Mark Carne
Chief Executive
Network Rail
Kings Place
90 York Way
N1 9AG

Claire Perry MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport
Department for Transport
Great Minister House
76 Marsham Street

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