Victoria services

Tessa Jowell and Harriet Harman attend rally at Denmark Hill to fight rail cuts

From the blog EastDulwich YourLocaLondon 

"The official launch of the campaign against South London Trainline rail cuts was marked by a rally at Denmark Hill today. The cuts threaten to close the South London line (which runs between Victoria and London Bridge,via Denmark Hill and Peckham Rye) by 2012 which would  mean no services from Victoria before 7.30am and after 7.30pm.  The impact of these cuts in an area which has no option of a tube line has implications for us all and I was certainly happy to be able to be there to show my support.  And I wasn’t the only one… the rally attracted wide-reaching support including NHS workers, local campaigners, commuters and many more.  There was also a rare show of cross-party support with Liberals and Conservatives as well as our local Labour MPs Tessa Jowell and Harriet Harman leading the charge. Read more plus photos... and more photos

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King’s backs rail services campaign

Staff and patients from King’s College Hospital will join local MPs, residents and campaigners at Denmark Hill train station on Friday, 26 June to protest against plans to terminate direct train services between Victoria and London Bridge from 2010.

 The plans will mean longer journeys for King’s patients and staff who currently use the Denmark Hill station. The cutbacks will also adversely affect thousands of other south Londoners who travel into central London for work. Read more...

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Campaigners in bid to save train line

A campaign to save rail links from South London into the centre of the capital is being launched this week. Commuters, MPs and many more will gather at Denmark Hill railway station on Friday 26 June midday to rally aganst the axing of the South London Line. Read more...

We must not lose our trains

Help us save our vital rail services  - letter from SRUG in Southwark News 18 June 2009

We must not lose our trains - letter from SRUG in South London Press 19 June 2009

Both on the theme that the services to London Bridge and Victoria are vital for the commercial success of Peckham town centre through Peckham Rye station.

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Help us save our vital rail services

Letter published in Southwark News 18 June 2009

One of the wonderful things about living in Peckham is that Peckham Rye station is like a Tube station.  It is one of the most under-utilised assets in marketing Peckham, as a place to live, to ork and to visit.

It has enough direct trains to central London Tube stations to be like a turn up and go station to the central Tube network. Every 5 to 10 minutes a train arrives that can take the user within 9 to 15 minutes to one of 4 central London stations connecting with six different Tube Lines - Victoria, District, Circle, Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern (both loops).

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Battle to save train link into city centre

SLP website: Article in South London Press 16 June 2009

Full two articles in SLP: press cutting

A CAMPAIGN is mounting to save a “vital” train service from South London into the centre of the capital. Campaigners say they will “keep fighting” a decision to chop the South London Line (SLL) rail service.

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'Modern Railways' on the Victoria-Bellingham cut

"London Bridge - Victoria cut proposal" is a front cover headline on June 2009 Modern Railways magazine.  see here:

"Watchdog condemns South London service cut" is the article. Read article here

Here is a letter to the magazine in response:

From: John Stewart []
Sent: 04 June 2009 16:50
To: ''
Subject: Letter for Publication

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London Assembly Transport Committee letter to Ian Brown, London Rail

The Chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee wrote, 1 june 2009, to Ian Brown, Managing Director of London Rail at TfL, to request information about the withdrawal of plans for a Victoria to Bellingham train service from 2012.  Extract:

"... The Committee would appreciate clarification of how information about the withdrawal of the service has been made available. It would be useful if you could provide details of meetings with stakeholders where the issue was discussed, copies of letters to stakeholders and any other material made available to interested parties..."

"... Members of the Transport Committee have expressed cross-party support for the extension to the East London Line. I believe public support for the scheme would be best maintained by the publication of the detail behind your decision that it was a better use of DfT funding than the anticipated Victoria to Bellingham service..."

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Don't axe trains - letter to South London Press't

From South london Press Letters  Monday, 11 May 2009

Don't axe trains

To transport minister Andrew Adonis, South London MPs and London Mayor Boris Johnson:

I have discovered that there has been a secret deal between Transport for London and the Department for Transport to axe the planned Victoria-Bellingham rail service (via Denmark Hill and Peckham Rye stations).

As someone affected (“‘Backroom deal’ axes rail service”, South London Press, April 28), I urge you most strongly to rescind it and prevent any axeing of the service.

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Scrapping SLL to fund ELL

In Readers Column in the South London Press, Nick Biskinis, from Clapham Transport Users' Group, says transport stratgey continually leaves inner south London short-changed. He says it was never proposed that the ELL would replace the SLL, and if it had no one would have supported it.


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