Central London radial services - stop the cuts

All the stations covered by SRUG - Peckham Rye, Denmark Hill, East Dulwich, Nunhead, Queens Rd Peckham, South Bermondsey - have direct services into central London through the trains going to the central London stations London Bridge, Victoria, and Blackfriars. The trains to these central London stations take only a short time eg from Peckham Rye, between 8 and 16 minutes. So within that time rail users can be on the Tube - one of 6 lines - Victoria, Circle, Distirct, Northern, Bakerloo, and Jubilee. This is the nearest inner SE London can get to being on the Tube. But it depends on having enough trains coming in from the south from various directions to make this possible. These services are being salami sliced year by year and on the way to ruining the virtual Tube service. SRUG is committed to defending these links.

The Campaign Continues

Letter in today's South London Press (27th November 2009) from SRUG thanking all 4,192 people who signed the petition to Save the South London Line. This was delivered to Mayor Boris Johnson on 11th November 2009. He had agreed after months of refusal to meet with us as a campaign. Those present were 4 London Assembly Members one from each of 4 main political parties, and 3 representatives from the rail user groups and hospitals.   Read the letter here.   See the photo here.

South London Line report at City Hall

South London Press     Thursday, 26 November 2009  read article

A GOVERNMENT proposal to rescue a threatened train service has been sent to City Hall. Ss we reported, a meeting between transport minister Sadiq Khan and London Mayor Boris Johnson this month has given hope to those fighting to save the South London Line.

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celebrate a centenary for the South London Line

TUESDAY 1st DECEMBER at 8am     at Denmark Hill station   (yes 8am!)
On 1st December, it is 100 years since the South London Line became the first in the country to be electrified. The Save the South London Line Campaign is going to celebrate our local London metro service. Join us at 8am outside the pub at Denmark Hill Station for half an hour or so.There will be

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Lifeline thrown to train route campaign

Southwark News  19 November 2009   John Prendergast  read article

A crunch meeting regarding the South London Line’s (SLL) future has thrown the under threat route a lifeline.  Transport Minister Sadiq Khan has put forward an interim measure that will see trains continue to run on a substitute route until 2014, before being reviewed regarding its future usage at that date.

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The South London Line In Parliament

 London Connections blog 20 November 2009:  read blog

Last week saw Simon Hughes and Martin Linton bring up the question of the South London Line in Parliament. Although it doesn't really add hugely to the debate, the dialogue between themselves and Chris Mole, representing the Department for Transport, does neatly set out some of the perspectives on both sides of the SLL debate. With this in mind, I believe it's worth summarising it here...

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Blame Game Over Line Future


Southwark News  12 November 2009  John Prendergast

More than 200 demonstrators attempting to Save the South London Line (SLL) descended on Mayor’s question time in Brixton to quiz Boris Johnson about the under threat route, writes John Prendergast...
On Monday, the same day as his appearance at a public question and answer session at the Brixton Academy, the Mayor issued a statement stating he would take the campaign group’s battle to a meeting at the Department of Transport (DfT) yesterday.  But as the week unfolded a blame game commenced between the DfT and Transport for London (TfL) about the under threat route... read article

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Parliamentary Debate on the South London Line

BBC Democracy Live  watch video (30 minutes)   read the text

North Southwark and Bermondsey MP Simon Hughes said plans to stop services on the South London Line were "contrary to all logic".

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Mayor says Government will study South London Line options

TfL Press release 11-11-2009   

"The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has persuaded the Government to give serious consideration to finding alternatives to the withdrawal of the South London Line service. At a meeting with the Transport Minister, Sadiq Khan, today (November 11) the Minister agreed the Government will look at the recommendations to come out of a TfL study of options to mitigate the impact of the Thameslink programme on the south London Line... "   read Press release

Mayor Boris Johnson accepts SSLL petition

At a meeting to discuss the need to save the South London Line, the campaign handed over the petition now numbering well over 4000 signatures, to the Mayor Boris Johnson. see photo

Rail Minister quizzed by Simon Hughes MP in Parliament debate

South London Press 10 November 2009 Jenny Clover

"... Minister for Transport Sadiq Khan will be grilled about the South London Line in an adjournement debate on 11 November. It has been tabled by North Southwark & Bermondsey MP Simon Hughes who said "In recent months Government and other authorities ... have been playing pass the parcel and nobody is taking responsibility..."  read article 

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