Tom Brake MP helps commuters get to the city, safely

September 26, 2010 12:00 AM

To the relief of commuters from Carshalton and Wallington, Southern have pledged to look at extending a morning rush hour train from a four-car to an eight-car train.

During a meeting with local MP Tom Brake to discuss changes to the rail timetable David Scorey, Southern's Franchise Improvement Director, agreed that the 8.38 from Wallington to London Bridge would be lengthened if additional rolling stock could be found. Southern also confirmed that they would look to see whether some off-peak direct trains to London Bridge could be restored.

Following the meeting Tom Brake said, 'No one likes to start their working day off crammed into a train like it's a cattle truck. Commuters should be able to travel in safety and relative comfort.'

'However, this really is just a stop-gap measure. What is really needed is the restoration of off-peak services to London Bridge and residents in Carshalton and Wallington have been disproportionately affected by the recent changes to the train timetable.'

Following the extension of the East London Line, direct trains to London Bridge from Sutton via Sydenham were withdrawn on the 23rd May.

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