Thameslink Changes

July 4, 2012 10:34 AM

Thameslink Changes

During Parliamentary Questions on Thursday, local MP Tom Brake called upon the Transport Secretary to raise awareness of the consultation into local rail services, which will decide the future of services through central London from Sutton.

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.

Tom Brake said, "Network Rail proposed to terminate services on the 'Wimbledon Loop' at Blackfriars denying Sutton residents direct access to North London. This consultation is an opportunity for local residents to send a message to the Government that they need to preserve these vital train services, which will be our only direct link to Crossrail."

The consultation is also an opportunity for residents to suggest ways local rail services can be improved, including access to stations, train frequencies and carriage sizes. Tom Brake MP will be collecting comments from local residents about how rail services can be improved and submitting them to the consultation. You can send your comments to Tom at

A public meeting on the subject will be held at SCOLA, St. Nicholas Way, on 19 July from 7pm to 9pm.

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