Keep Bexley on Track

James Brokenshire has joined fellow Bexley MPs David Evennett and Teresa Pearce together with the Leader of Bexley Council Teresa O'Neill and other councillors to show their joint support for maintaining the current choice of London destinations for local rail services. 

The Department of Transport is consulting on a proposal which might see the number of London termini reduced to a single destination per line to improve reliability as part of the award of the new contract for Southeastern services next year.

Local political leaders joined forces at Bexleyheath Station on Friday to show their support for the Keep Bexley on Track campaign calling for the current choice of London destinations to be maintained.

Currently, passengers from Sidcup and Bexley have a choice of trains to Cannon Street or Charing Cross, with those using the Bexleyheath line also being able to travel into London Victoria. As part of the ongoing consultation into the future of local rail services, a proposal has been suggested that would see trains from local stations only serving one London terminus each in a bid to simplify train paths and improve reliability.

James has made clear that he does not support this plan and has submitted a detailed response to the consultation which also makes recommendations for further improvements to local rail services.

Commenting, James said:

“Our local rail services are incredibly important. Given that Bexley does not benefit from direct access to the Underground, rail services are the principle means of transport into London. As such it is important that our links to a range of Central London stations is preserved.”

“In addition to maintaining routes into the three current termini served from the constituency, my submission to the consultation also calls for consideration of the possibility of new routes from Bexley into London Blackfriars. Extra capacity at Blackfriars would ease pressure on existing services and increase rather than reduce the choice of destinations available to local rail passengers.”

To read James’ submission to the consultation in full, click here.

You can find details on how to submit your own views here:https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/future-of-south-eastern-rail-servicesThe consultation closes on 23 May 2017.