Clive Efford MP

Clive Efford - A Strong Voice for Eltham and Plumstead


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.

They claim that  running to 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.”  The Government's answer to this problem is simple: cut the services, ignoring the terrible impact this will have on local commuters and the whole community.  This unacceptable.

Please sign below to oppose these terrible cuts.

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signed 2017-04-05 20:13:48 +0100
This cut will also mean that if one has to go to Kings College Hospital at Denmark Hill this will cause a lot of inconvenience especially if you are unwell!
signed 2017-04-05 16:15:12 +0100
Nic Fildes
signed 2017-04-05 16:12:14 +0100
Cutting this service will not only cause disruption to commuters from Ektham station but also to commuters from other local stations. When things go wrong at New Eltham station, I can get to Eltham station quickly enough to catch train on that line. This has happened frequently recently not just during the week but also at weekends. Each time ive been to Eltham the trains have been packed. Clearly, the government hasnt considered the number of commuters this decision will impact upon. If commuters cannot travel to charing cross or Victoria stations from Eltham they will travel to other stations which will increase the number of oassengers squeezing onto trains that are already overcrowded.
signed 2017-04-05 14:07:54 +0100
signed 2017-04-05 13:30:05 +0100
As a disabled person l would not be able to manage without a direct service to the other stations
signed 2017-04-05 13:19:08 +0100
signed 2017-04-05 13:01:53 +0100
This is outrageous. I am appalled at how someone could come up with a drastic idea! Someone who is supposed to be making things better for the people of this area he is suggesting making changes which will make it harder for the residents here to commute to London. The main higlights of living in Eltham is the trains going to Central London. We do not have an underground station here and nor anywhere 2 mile around Eltham. The only reason we get by is because at least we have train services going to central london.How can his decision pass. This is going to make this Minister very very unpopular. I think it would be better for him to change his decision and think how his horrible decision will be making a worse impact on Eltham and its residents. Please STOP and consider how damaging this will be!
signed 2017-04-05 09:57:19 +0100
The transport links need to be improved not reduced.
signed 2017-04-05 09:16:54 +0100
We are not going to accept this outrages proposal and we will fight for these lines to give the service all residents living in the South East of London that they deserve!
signed 2017-04-05 09:11:59 +0100
signed 2017-04-05 08:42:21 +0100
signed 2017-04-05 07:58:44 +0100
signed via 2017-04-05 04:00:21 +0100
posted about this on Facebook 2017-04-05 03:10:35 +0100
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signed 2017-04-05 03:08:34 +0100
signed 2017-04-05 00:12:33 +0100
Almost surreal. Where do these people get these ideas from?

Will try not to think of the consequences when waiting to stand on the 07:01 Charing X. service tomorrow morning.

The same service that I have been standing up on since the dawn of time. How will terminating at Cannon St. resolve that. Ah yes. I can stand all the way to London Bridge and change there to stand for the rest of my commute.
signed 2017-04-04 22:43:07 +0100
Why should south east London suffer more cut to its rail transportation.
signed 2017-04-04 22:40:55 +0100
signed 2017-04-04 22:34:51 +0100
signed 2017-04-04 21:00:14 +0100
Why should we be unconvienced because of the funding needed for new speed Way railway to Birmingham- just to get there 20 mins earlier when we need trains on Bexelyheath line service to get to work, pay bills and keep a roof over our head.
signed 2017-04-04 20:52:48 +0100
I have also responded via the consultation to give my feedback on what is a ludicrous proposal.
signed via 2017-04-04 20:16:06 +0100
signed 2017-04-04 19:37:26 +0100
It’s absolutely disgusting, it will put about another half hour on my journey, forcing me to go from canon st to Victoria on the underground.
signed 2017-04-04 19:07:07 +0100
This is a disastrous proposal for the people of Eltham. We are extremely poorly served by public transport. We do not have the DLR, Crossrail or the Underground as our neighbouring towns do. To cut our services further is ridiculous. Charing Cross is our lifeline for work and leisure purposes.
signed 2017-04-04 18:27:59 +0100
signed 2017-04-04 18:20:58 +0100
posted about this on Facebook 2017-04-04 18:17:23 +0100
Sign the petition: STOP the rail service cuts proposed by Chris Grayling / Say NO cuts 2 London Bridge/Charing Cross
signed 2017-04-04 18:13:54 +0100
This is not acceptable at any level – this is more about creating a better financial position for rail companies in advance of the next round of tenders and nothing whatsoever to do with creating a better situation for the long suffering cash strapped commuters who pay rail companies like Southeastern for an inferior service.

We have patiently soldiered through the downgraded service during the upgrade of London Bridge station, suffered numerous sleepless nights during the construction of the lengthened platforms at Eltham station and endured periods when there were no trains at weekends due to scheduled track maintenance. There is no Tube or DLR to fall back on so we are reliant on local buses to get to another transport hub or failing that driving into central London.

I cannot remember the number of times my train has failed to turn up and been subsequently cancelled whilst I am stood on the platform and my wife and adult children have endured exactly the same problem on their way to work which has left them late at the office through no fault of their own and having to make up the time at the end of the day.

London train services should be 100% under the control of tfl but from what I have read it appears that Mr Grayling stopped that from happening too, for his own political reasons, as it had by all accounts already been agreed in principle by the previous Mayor of London, Boris Johnson and his equivalent in Surrey. Was that done for the benefit of the long suffering commuter? No it was done for politics.

The level of Southeastern service has been a disgrace for some time and yet now we hear that our very own Secretary of State for Transport Mr Grayling thinks it is a jolly good wheez to cut 2 out of 3 of our main line London services and further cut off peak train services to make the system more efficient because this government is not prepared to insist on a track infrastructure upgrade at Lewisham junction. This really is the last straw. All trains can be made to run on time if they do not stop to pick up any passengers!
signed 2017-04-04 18:11:55 +0100
I can’t believe they would suggest these cuts . I regularly get the train up to London & the impact of only going to the City Cannon Street will cause a major impact for so many of my family & friends

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