|Colin & Clr Jill Whitehead, Chair of our Campaign Group at Sutton Station|
This is a great victory for Sutton’s commuters who had faced huge disruption to their journeys if services through to the new Crossrail station at Farringdon, St Pancras International, Luton Airport and beyond had been cut.
I set up the Thameslink Loop Line Campaign Group some years ago and it is fantastic news to hear that the DfT have listened to local people’s concerns. The Thameslink Loop Line Campaign Group has been responsible for coordinating the actions of rail users, councillors and local MPs from all along the route since the threat to the route became apparent.
As we have argued from the start, the ‘pinch point’ beyond Blackfriars station has always been capable of carrying trains from the Loop Line and further afield. The DfT have now agreed with us.
- At present there are four trains an hour from Wimbledon Loop stations serving Merton, Morden, Sutton, Carshalton, Mitcham, Streatham and Tulse Hill, through to St Pancras International and beyond.
- The new proposals will see eight Thameslink trains running each hour via Elephant and Castle, including the four Wimbledon Loop trains, two from Sevenoaks via Bromley South and Catford, and two (during peak times) from Maidstone East via Bromley South.
Rail Minister Simon Burns announced the Department for Transport’s decision today and you can read the government’s press statement here