Clive Efford MP

Clive Efford - A Strong Voice for Eltham and Plumstead

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178_bus.jpgClive has demanded TfL stops delaying and consults local residents now on rerouting 178 bus.

Clive has written to Transport for London to demand that the consultation on rerouting the 178 bus goes ahead now to avoid delays caused by the London elections in May.  He has warned TfL that if they do not act now then they will be severely delayed by the period of purdah* in the run up to the Mayoral and GLA election son 5 May.                                            

Clive has been at the forefront with local residents in the campaign to get the bus to properly serve local residents.  The route service was rerouted away from residents when the old Ferrier Estate was redeveloped.

Speaking of the need for urgent action, Clive explained:  “This problem has been allowed to continue for far too long.  I have heard first-hand about people finding it difficult to get to hospital, children struggling to get to schools and others facing difficulties getting to work.   It is simply not acceptable to let these problems continue.  TfL must sort this out as a matter of urgency.

Clive chaired a meeting in October last year organised by local residents to give them the chance to quiz local GLA member Len Duval, Berkeley Homes, TfL and Greenwich Council about plans to reinstate the route.  At that meeting Berekely Homes revealed that there was nothing now stopping TfL from re-routing the 178 to follow the B16 route through the new Kidbrooke Village. 

*  “Purdah” is the period of time immediately before elections when specific restrictions on the activity of civil servants are in place

Clive calls for TfL to consult on 178 now

Clive has demanded TfL stops delaying and consults local residents now on rerouting 178 bus.

holocaust_memorail_day_2016_2.jpgClive has signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, in doing so pledging his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust as well as paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people.

Wednesday 27th January will mark the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.

In the weeks leading up to and after Holocaust Memorial Day, thousands of commemorative events were arranged by schools, faith groups and community organisations across the country, remembering all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.

After signing the Book of Commitment, Clive MP said:  “Holocaust Memorial Day marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau and is an important opportunity to remember the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and make sure they are not forgotten. That message is more important today than ever and I encourage all constituents to mark the day and to join members of this community in the fight against prejudice and intolerance.”

Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “We are proud that Clive is supporting Holocaust Memorial Day. As we mark the 71st anniversary of the end of the Holocaust and the liberation of the concentration camps, it is vitally important that we continue to both remember and learn from the appalling events of the Holocaust – as well as ensuring that we continue to challenge antisemitism and all forms of bigotry.

 

Clive signs Book of Commitment on Holocaust Memorial Day

Clive has signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, in doing so pledging his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust as well as...

parliament_rail_questions_trains_jan_2016_2.jpgClive has raised a series of questions to minsters after commuters have been hit by an appalling series of severe delays and cancellations on Southeastern' rail services.

Clive added, “Southeastern's performance since Christmas has been atrocious.  Like thousands of other commuters I have faced problems getting into central London almost daily."

“And now passengers in Eltham and Plumstead have been hit again by Tories' fare rises.  Fares have now rocketed by an eye-watering 33 percent since 2010, rising faster than most people’s pay packets."

“That's why I want to see the railways back in public ownership so they can be run for passengers not profit.This would mean means fairer fares, investment in a 21st century railway and giving passengers a stronger voice" he added.

 

Clive's questions to minsters, with answers where available:

Q   Clive Efford Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)  11 January 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will request that SoutheasternTrains and Network Rail explain the reasons for disruption to services at London Bridge on 4, 5 and 6 January 2016; and if he will publish the responses of those organisations to that request.

A  Claire Perry Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Network Rail has informed me that problems with signalling equipment caused delays to some Southeastern services via London Bridge on 4, 5 and 6 of January. On the morning of 4th January, a track circuit failed near Cannon Street. On the evening of 5th January a track circuit failed on the line to Charing Cross and Network Rail was not able to rectify the fault until the morning of the 6th.

Network Rail and Southeastern worked together to ensure the issues were rectified as quickly as possible and passenger disruption was minimised.

I remain committed to ensuring disruption is kept to a minimum while we continue the vital Thameslink Programme works to improve capacity and reliability through one of the busiest rail routes in Europe.

 

Clive Efford (Eltham) 14 January: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many trains were reported as delayed due to winter sunlight since 4 January 2016; and if he will make a statement.

Clive Efford (Eltham) 14 January:  To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what explanation he has received for the cause of recent landslides on the Bexleyheath rail line; and if he will make a statement. 

Clive Efford (Eltham) 14 January:  To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether Southeastern trains and Network Rail have contingency plans in the event of a rail line being closed due to unforeseen circumstances in order to (a) minimise disruption to other rail lines, (b) provide extra capacity on adjacent lines to get passengers as close as possible to their usual destinations and (c) ensure that up-to-the-minute information is provided to passengers regarding alternative routes and replacement services; and if he will make a statement. 

Clive Efford (Eltham) 14 January: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects repairs to the Bexleyheath line to be completed; and if he will make a statement. 

Clive Efford (Eltham) 14 January:  To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether railway verges are surveyed to identify locations where there is a danger that landslides may occur; and if he will make a statement.

 

Oral Questions

Clive Efford Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport) 14 January 2016

My constituents have been suffering all week from cancelled trains because of a landslide on our local rail line. Can we have a statement from the Transport Secretary, because the knock-on effect is complete chaos on all lines? People have received no information from Southeastern about when the service is likely to be reinstated and they are suffering trying to get to and from work. Businesses are also suffering, so we really need someone to get a grip of the situation.

Chris Graylin Leader of the House of Commons,

I absolutely understand the problems that such events cause the hon. Gentleman’s constituents and, indeed, others. Other parts of the network have also suffered in recent weeks because of extreme weather. I will make sure that his concerns are drawn to the attention of the Transport Secretary this morning. The Transport Secretary will be here in 10 days’ time, but the issue is clearly urgent so I will make sure that the hon. Gentleman’s concerns are passed on immediately.

To see a video of Clive's question, click here.

 

Clive questions ministers over delays and cancellations on Southeastern

Clive has raised a series of questions to minsters after commuters have been hit by an appalling series of severe delays and cancellations on Southeastern' rail services.


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