Hope Yet for Direct Thameslink Services

January 9, 2013 11:12 AM

Tom Brake MP and Paul Burstow MP brought pressure to bear on Network Rail yesterday, in a meeting to discuss the future of the Wimbledon Loop services through Blackfriars station.

Tom Brake said, "It was a relief to see that Network Rail are responding to commuters' calls to look again at plans which would have stopped all Wimbledon Loop services at Blackfriars. Many commuters rely on the ability to make fast connections to Luton Airport or St Pancras International which the Loop trains provide."

Paul Burstow added, "Its good that Network Rail are doing a fresh analysis of the impact of retaining rail services running through Blackfriars. In the end the decision to protect existing Sutton-Wimbledon loop services will be the Ministers. I'm optimistic we will get the right result but there is more to do."

Other issues raised during the meeting included deteriorating track and signalling performance, works planned at Hackbridge station and signalling outside Sutton station.

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