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Labour councillors call on Government to allow TfL to take over rail services in south London


30 March 2015
Helen Hayes Labour councillors are calling on the Secretary of State to allow Transport for London to run all rail services in south London following chaos and disruption at London Bridge station.

Labour councillors have hit out at unacceptable situation at London Bridge station, where passengers have recently faced chaos and disruption to train services and dangerous overcrowding.
 
Passengers in Dulwich, Peckham Rye and South Bermondsey have faced significantly increased delays and cancellations to an already reduced service, while passengers at other stations including Herne Hill and Loughborough Junction have also experienced unacceptable levels of overcrowding as passengers seek to avoid London Bridge.
 
Cllr Helen Hayes, College ward councillor and Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Dulwich and West Norwood,
has written to Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin MP, to demand his urgent intervention to improve service for passengers at London Bridge. 

Cllr Hayes also brought a motion to full council last week calling on the Government to allow TfL to be able to take over rail services in south London. The motion noted the success of the London Overground services run by TfL, which have achieved high ratings for punctuality and customer satisfaction, whilst more than trebling passenger numbers, and called on the Government to allow TfL to take over rail services in order to have a properly integrated transport system.

Cllr Helen Hayes said: “The chaos at London Bridge has demonstrated that Network Rail and Southern are not capable of sorting out the mess. That’s why we’re calling on the Secretary of State to allow all rail services in south London to be taken over by Transport for London, which already runs some of London’s rail services to an extremely high level of customer satisfaction.”

Cllr Mark Williams, cabinet member for transport, said: “The current improvement works at London Bridge station are needed and will bring huge benefits. However, the way the works have been managed and the impact on passengers is unacceptable. The problems at London Bridge, and the increasing demand for rail services in south London demonstrate that we need a properly integrated rail network that puts passengers first. That’s why we believe TfL should be allowed to run all rail services in south London to meet growing demand.”

A petition has been launched calling on the Government to allow TfL to take over rail services in south London – residents can add their support by signing the petition here.


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