|Tuesday, 21 August 2012 14:23|
Updates: The government has now extended the deadline for responses to the consultation to 14th September 2012. More information here.
Sadiq wrote to the Secretary of State for Transport, Justine Greening, expressing his concerns about the consultation and proposals. You can read her response below by clicking on the pages below, or clicking here and here.
A number of residents have written to Sadiq recently with concerns about proposed changes to Thameslink services from Tooting Station into London.
Currently the Thameslink ‘Wimbledon loop’ is part of a through service to Luton and St Albans north of London.
Plans to increase the number of trains on the ‘core’ Thameslink route (London to Brighton) mean there will be fewer slots for trains coming from suburban areas of London to pass through Blackfriars Station into the City and to stations north of London. This means that certain routes will have to terminate at Blackfriars, rather than passing through the station. The two routes that are likely to be affected are the ‘Wimbledon loop’ – which stops at Tooting – or the ‘Catford loop’, which runs into South East London.
The consultation on the changes is asking passengers to help determine which routes should terminate at Blackfriars, and which routes should continue to travel through to north London.
If the ‘Wimbledon loop’ is scrapped – it will have an extremely detrimental impact on transport links in the area, lengthening journey times considerably during rush hour.
Sadiq has written to the Secretary of State for Transport to demonstrate the strength of feeling from Tooting residents, who will have severely disrupted journeys should the ‘Wimbledon loop’ lose its through services.
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