“End of the Line” at Thameslink Day of Action

July 23, 2012 9:33 AM


Local MP Tom Brake was joined by Liberal Democrat Councillors Jill Whitehead, Alan Salter, and Roger Thistle as well as concerned local citizens at Carshalton station this morning to protest against planned changes to Thameslink.

The group spoke to commuters about the ongoing consultation and encouraged them to attend a public meeting tomorrow night. Afterwards, the group travelled up to Blackfriars station with protesters from along the affected route.

The day of action is organised by Liberal Democrat councillors and Sutton's MPs and is intended to encourage citizens to respond to the consultation currently open on the proposed railway changes.

"The proposed changes will have a profound impact on the many commuters in this area, and we will do everything we can to spread awareness before it is too late," Tom said.

The Department of Transport are currently consulting on the specifications for the new rail franchise that will see local Thameslink and Southern services operated by a single company. A key element of the consultation will be whether trains from Sutton on the 'Wimbledon Loop' terminate at Blackfriars rather than continuing on through central London.

Residents are encouraged to attend a public meeting to discuss the Thameslink changes in the Arena Room at Scola, St Nicholas Way, Sutton at 7 pm on Thursday July 19.

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