Lewisham Labour has called on Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) to go further in improving their timetable for Lewisham residents, and has backed the 'Cinderella Line' campaign.
Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) launched an extensive consultation setting out proposed changes to the timetable which end on 8th December. Lewisham Labour has passed a motion at full Council, 23/11/2016, expressing some concerns around these proposals and asking the Public Transport Liaison Committee to investigate in more detail.
Cllr Upex proposer of the motion, said “Many Lewisham residents rely heavily on train services in order to manage work, family and social life, and it has been clear for some time that train services for the Borough are in need of substantial improvement. There are really issues of overcrowding during peaks times and I am especially concerned around the reducing of peak services to London Bridge to four trains an hour from Sydenham, Forest Hill, Honor Oak, and Brockley. I am equally disappointed with the proposals of diverting all East Croydon Trains to West Croydon which will make it harder and longer to get to Gatwick and other destinations in Sussex.”
Cllr Barnham, added “Long-suffering commuters from stations like Crofton Park and Bellingham will welcome many of the changes proposed in this consultation, especially the imminent introduction of new rolling stock with greater capacity and the introduction of four trains an hour on the Catford Loop. But, they don’t go far enough.”
“I hope that Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) takes on proposals from Cinderella Line Campaign around Catford Loop including:
- that all the trains to go beyond Blackfriars
- Trains to be evenly spaced at 15 minute gaps, not 10 and 20 as they are proposing
- A Sunday service that’s as frequent as Saturday.
- Peak time trains to stop at Kentish Town (the only station they are proposing to skip
Michael Woodhead from the Cinderella Line campaign commented "A Cinderella Line welcomes the support of both Lewisham Council and our MP Vicky Foxcroft. Vicky and her team have been instrumental in helping us achieve some of the successes of our campaign already with new services to London Victoria, but now is the time to secure future services for the Catford Loop by getting as many responses to the consultation as we can."