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.

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celebrate a centenary for the South London Line

TUESDAY 1st DECEMBER at 8am     at Denmark Hill station   (yes 8am!)
On 1st December, it is 100 years since the South London Line became the first in the country to be electrified. The Save the South London Line Campaign is going to celebrate our local London metro service. Join us at 8am outside the pub at Denmark Hill Station for half an hour or so.There will be

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Lifeline thrown to train route campaign

Southwark News  19 November 2009   John Prendergast  read article

A crunch meeting regarding the South London Line’s (SLL) future has thrown the under threat route a lifeline.  Transport Minister Sadiq Khan has put forward an interim measure that will see trains continue to run on a substitute route until 2014, before being reviewed regarding its future usage at that date.

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The South London Line In Parliament

 London Connections blog 20 November 2009:  read blog

Last week saw Simon Hughes and Martin Linton bring up the question of the South London Line in Parliament. Although it doesn't really add hugely to the debate, the dialogue between themselves and Chris Mole, representing the Department for Transport, does neatly set out some of the perspectives on both sides of the SLL debate. With this in mind, I believe it's worth summarising it here...

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Network Rail survey of stations

Network Rail is launching the first ever Nationwide stations research project asking passengers what is important to them at their local station, where they would like to see investment and what are their priorities. They say they want to know what passengers want from stations and what's important to them. See further information in their Press Release below. This seems an opportunity not be missed to tell them what we think of our own stations - Peckham Rye, Queens Road Peckham, South Bermondsey, East Dulwich, Nunhead, Denmark Hill. Let's get lots of local users taking part so they really get the message about what needs to be improved. If you need another incentive - you might win an annual season ticket or £2000 if you take part! The survey can be accessed online at Click and  check it out now!

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Blame Game Over Line Future


Southwark News  12 November 2009  John Prendergast

More than 200 demonstrators attempting to Save the South London Line (SLL) descended on Mayor’s question time in Brixton to quiz Boris Johnson about the under threat route, writes John Prendergast...
On Monday, the same day as his appearance at a public question and answer session at the Brixton Academy, the Mayor issued a statement stating he would take the campaign group’s battle to a meeting at the Department of Transport (DfT) yesterday.  But as the week unfolded a blame game commenced between the DfT and Transport for London (TfL) about the under threat route... read article

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Parliamentary Debate on the South London Line

BBC Democracy Live  watch video (30 minutes)   read the text

North Southwark and Bermondsey MP Simon Hughes said plans to stop services on the South London Line were "contrary to all logic".

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Mayor says Government will study South London Line options

TfL Press release 11-11-2009   

"The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has persuaded the Government to give serious consideration to finding alternatives to the withdrawal of the South London Line service. At a meeting with the Transport Minister, Sadiq Khan, today (November 11) the Minister agreed the Government will look at the recommendations to come out of a TfL study of options to mitigate the impact of the Thameslink programme on the south London Line... "   read Press release

Mayor Boris Johnson accepts SSLL petition

At a meeting to discuss the need to save the South London Line, the campaign handed over the petition now numbering well over 4000 signatures, to the Mayor Boris Johnson. see photo

Rail Minister quizzed by Simon Hughes MP in Parliament debate

South London Press 10 November 2009 Jenny Clover

"... Minister for Transport Sadiq Khan will be grilled about the South London Line in an adjournement debate on 11 November. It has been tabled by North Southwark & Bermondsey MP Simon Hughes who said "In recent months Government and other authorities ... have been playing pass the parcel and nobody is taking responsibility..."  read article 

Brixton Academy - large contingent of 'Save the South London Line' protesters

Roger Evans Assembly Member blog 10th November 2009 

Ambush at the Academy 

Over a thousand people attended last nights Question Time, the third such experience for Boris Johnson and assembly Members elected in 2008. The venue was the O2 Academy in Brixton, more often the scene of concerts and sell out music performances....Local Member Val Shawcross did a good job of chairing a session that became unruly at times ... A large contingent of 'Save the South London Line' protesters turned up, some wearing campaign T shirts, and Val can perhaps be  forgiven for squeezing every last drop of publicity out of their attendance, calling transport chairman Caroline Pidgeon to lay into the mayor over his 'lack of action'.  Read more...

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