The Chair of the London Assembly’s Transport Committee is visiting Lewisham this weekend to highlight Government moves to worsen access to the West End from the borough.
The Government has proposed plans to terminate all trains on the North Kent line from Charlton and Bexleyheath at Cannon Street. This will force those travelling to Charing Cross or Victoria to change trains at the overcrowded Lewisham, where it is difficult to change for people with mobility issues or young children, and make journeys at least ten minutes longer.
This move comes on top of proposals to delay access improvements at Hither Green station for those with disabilities and families with buggies.
Caroline Pidgeon, Chair of London Assembly’s Transport Committee, said:
“South Londoners are once again losing out, worst hit by the Southern chaos and the decision to delay access improvements by at least five years, and now facing a loss of Southeastern services too. With ministers deaf to the concerns of Lewisham residents, we need to bring this franchise into the control of Transport for London.
Emily Frith, Lewisham East parliamentary campaigner, said:
“More and more people are coming to Lewisham to live. It is vital that those working in London have a reliable train service, not reduced choice and harder journeys. I urge all residents to respond to the consultation. and make their views heard to stop this ridiculous proposal.”