Clive Efford MP

Clive Efford - A Strong Voice for Eltham and Plumstead

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Clive demands that the Government scrap cuts to services to Charing Cross and Victoria

sadiq_and_clive.jpgChris Grayling, the Conservative minister for transport, has called for the train services from Eltham to Charing Cross and Victoria to be cut.  Under his Department's proposals trains on the Bexleyheath line will only run to Cannon Street.

 

The Government claims that running trains to several destinations “introduces operational complexity, requiring trains to cross complex and busy junctions. This is a major contributor to delays, and makes it much harder to recover the service when things go wrong.”  Their answer to this problem is simple: cut the services.

Clive is demanding that these proposals be rejected outright.  "Passengers on our local trains have suffered years of almost daily cancellations and late running services partly caused by the regeneration of London Bridge.  Now with that project finally nearing its end, the Government has announced that passengers will see massive cuts to their services.  Commuters have undergone the pain for no perceivable gain" he said.

"This part of South East London relies more than any other on our train services.  We have no underground stations or any DLR service.  It is simply unacceptable for the Government to propose plans that will cause so much disruption to our local community."

If you oppose these terrible cuts then please sign Clive's petition here.

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commented 2017-04-19 18:08:15 +0100
What people are telling me is that our education system today is producing teenagers that are Socialists, Nationalists (albeit not ‘this’ nation), wear black shirts to do thuggery, and burn books (i.e. no-platform).

What will you do about Antifa and the closing of young minds at University?
commented 2017-04-19 09:16:55 +0100
Firstly, it was great to see you campaigning this morning at Kidbrooke station!

Chris Grayling’s idea of cutting vital services to Charing Cross and Victoria on the Bexleyheath line will have a huge impact on the already struggling commuters- there are no real alternatives if you work in the west end/Victoria/connect via Waterloo and many people in this area rely on these links for their livelihoods. Just offering one link into Cannon Street will leave the service unsustainably overstretched and add additional pressures to the tube at Cannon Street.

In this area of London we have no DLR or Tube, so these train services are vital to our community. This is another example of Conservative out of touch policy proposals from an MP I expect has never had to endure a stressful commute!

Mr Efford, we need you to continue to ensure our voices are heard and reject these worrying proposed changes. From a personal perspective both my husband and I use the Victoria and Charing Cross trains from Kidbrooke to get to work – we reply on our jobs to be able to live in this great city. We are also parents and my cutting these trains would have a huge impact on us being able to get home on time to our children.

Many thanks from a hard working Family in Kidbrooke
commented 2017-04-01 16:04:21 +0100
It’s infuriating to read the rhetoric of South Eastern as their way of dressing mutton as lamb. Taking services away from a community can’t be turned into an improvement in anyone’s books.

I would personally be greatly impacted by the closure of (especially) the Charing Cross service from Blackheath. My daily commute involves changing at Waterloo East to get a Waterloo train to west London. If I couldn’t take the Ch X train, I’d have 2 – 3 changes on each journey, which would increase my 1.5 hour commute each way exponentially and would add considerable inconvenience and cost to it.

When people choose a place to live, they do it with transport connections in mind. Equally, when they take a job, the practicalities of the commute from home is an important factor. If the transport offerings change, this has a massive impact on time, logistics, monthly finances, as well as house prices. All of these factors make it completely unacceptable to allow the closure of the Charing Cross and Victoria services to and from Blackheath.

The wider repercussions would be that London Bridge and Cannon Street stations, as well as the tube services connected to those stations would experience a permanent hit on capacities.

Furthermore, Charing Cross and Victoria station services are the more popular and useful connections from south east London. Cannon Street merely services people working in the City, which is reflected by the fact that Cannon Street station is practically deserted at weekends.

There is absolutely no positive aspect in the proposed changes by South Eastern, so their rhetoric has to be exposed as what it is. The proposal to improve access to stations cannot be realised at the cost of transport choices offered to the public. Overloading London Bridge and Cannon Street cannot possibly alleviate their logistic problems. Their proposals to shut down Charing Cross and Victoria services to and from Blackheath must be stopped.

I trust that you represent my views (which I share with lots of people) in parliament and that you engage in dialogue with South Eastern on my behalf.

Kind regards,
Imke Himstedt

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