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My response to the South Eastern rail consultation

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12 April 2017
Train Commuters The Government is currently running a consultation about the future of train services in South East London. The current franchise, held by Southeastern, comes to an end in December 2018 and the Government is asking for the public’s views on the sorts of improvements local people would like to see. 

Many people in our area are very dependent upon the rail network - for work, leisure and all manner of other things! This is an important opportunity to make your views heard on local rail services before the new franchise is agreed.

I have responded to the Government consultation and you can view my full response here.  

I think we need longer trains on rush hour services, a more reliable service overall, alongside the continued operation of services into a range of London stations (including Charing Cross, Cannon Street and Victoria). We also need to improve accessibility at stations such as Lewisham and Hither Green. 

You may have also heard about a proposal to simplify routes into central London, which would potentially remove all Blackheath and Lewisham services to Charing Cross and Victoria, replacing them with Cannon Street services only. A petition was launched a few weeks ago to oppose these changes. The Government has responded to this petition in recent days, stating that this element of the consultation was about the principle of route simplification as opposed to specific suggestions with regard to particular routes. 

I would encourage constituents to send their own direct responses to the consultation, highlighting the need to tackle rush hour overcrowding (questions 1-4 in the consultation), the need to maintain services into a range of London stations (question 17 in the consultation), and any station accessibility issues (questions 9 and 10 in the consultation). 

The consultation runs until 23 May - responses can be sent by email to BetterSouthEastern@dft.gsi.gov.uk.


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