Southwark Rail Users Group News

Welcome. SRUG covers routes and stations serving Peckham Rye, Nunhead, South Bermondsey, Queens Road, Denmark Hill, East Dulwich, North Dulwich. See diagram. News items in date order below. See right hand column for topics.

Click here for info on campaigns to improve services, or click here for the SRUG homepage.

Campaign petition

The on-line petition is here 

The paper petition can be printed from here

We need as many signatures as possible. So please print out some and carry them with you to collect signatures from other rail users you meet on your travels.  The address to return them is on the petition.


Death by 1,000 cuts letter to South London Press

Letter to

South London Press from Mike Colvin

Death by 1,000 cuts    Monday, 01 June 2009

Rod Brown (Letters, May 22) acknowledges that South London is not well served by the Tube.

But he then seems surprised that residents who are thus forced to rely upon infrequent overground rail for their travel, wish to hang on to the limited services that they have.

He then perversely tries to argue that they would be better off if even more of their rail services were scrapped.

What planet is he on?

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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..."

Read letter…


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Boris recognises need for infrastructure investment

22nd May 2009

Months after scrapping £3.7bn of planned major transport schemes, London mayor, Boris Johnson, has said that ‘without additional infrastructure, London’s economic success could be threatened’.

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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.


local rail cuts campaign news

Here is some more news about the campaign to save our direct rail services into central London.

Our latest flyers spell out the significance of the effect, on each of our local stations, of the continuing cuts. For example, from Peckham Rye the services are being cut in HALF:

  • Last year there were 8 trains an hour from Peckham Rye to London Bridge, now there are 6. In 2012 there will be 4.
  • Victoria services face new cuts. There are 4 an hour now. In 2012 there will be 2 in the day, and 0 in the evening.

Here in our A5 flyer you can see the effect on each of the Southwark stations.

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Save Our South London Line campaign

As a result of the shocking news of the secret deal between TfL and DfT to axe the planned Victoria-Bellingham service (via Denmark Hill & Peckham Rye), local rail user groups - Southwark Rail Users’ Group and Clapham Transport Users’ Group - have come together with the major hospitals at Denmark Hill and local elected representatives to form the campaign to Save Our South London Line. The latest decision, like the one to axe the Victoria-Denmark Hill-London Bridge service in 2012, shows the low priority the rail industry gives to our inner south London connections into central London. We have to change that before 2012. First stage is the consultation on the Mayor’s Transport Strategy, and the European elections.  Take action now! 
The campaign urges rail users to:

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'Backroom deal' axes rail service

Letters received by rail user groups from DfT show TfL reached a secret deal with DfT to axe the planned service between Victoria & Bellingham. This was to replace part of the Victoria to London Bridge service planned to be axed in 2012. Instead £24m from DfT for Victoria-Bellingham service will go to TfL for the East London Line Extension (ELLX2). SRUG said the backroom deal was "disgraceful. They did this without telling anyone. There has been a continuing reduction in our services and TfL doesn't seem to think [inner] South London matters."  Read more...

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