We rely on good train services into Central London to get us to and from work and around the capital. I welcome the multi-million pound investment at London Bridge Station which have started to transform this key London interchange for journeys from Bexley Stations. But punctuality and overcrowding on key commuter services need to be addressed.
I will continue to challenge Southeastern Trains to improve their performance significantly. Financial penalties should be applied if they fail to meet commitments. Additional train carriages are also needed to ease congestion on peak services.
The new contract for rail services on the Southeastern network provides the opportunity to bring about change. This should be used to see that track and train operations are aligned more effectively to deliver a more punctual, more reliable service. It is also essential that an operator with a desire to make changes takes over the services to given us the best possible rail service for Bexley and surrounding areas.
I am also clear that we shouldn't see the number of London destinations for local rail services reduced. It's argued this may improve reliability, but it will disrupt many daily passenger journeys and we should keep current regular services to Cannon Street, Charing Cross and Victoria.