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a collection of articles & news reports in the Press, broadcasting & other publications about the rail services in inner south London

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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Surrey Canal Station still possible



Southwark News  26 November 2009   John Prendergast

A new train station that would serve Millwall Football Club and the surrounding area could now be built, just months after being apparently dropped from plans.

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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

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 

Brixton Academy - large contingent of 'Save the South London Line' protesters

Roger Evans Assembly Member blog 10th November 2009 

Ambush at the Academy 

Over a thousand people attended last nights Question Time, the third such experience for Boris Johnson and assembly Members elected in 2008. The venue was the O2 Academy in Brixton, more often the scene of concerts and sell out music performances....Local Member Val Shawcross did a good job of chairing a session that became unruly at times ... A large contingent of 'Save the South London Line' protesters turned up, some wearing campaign T shirts, and Val can perhaps be  forgiven for squeezing every last drop of publicity out of their attendance, calling transport chairman Caroline Pidgeon to lay into the mayor over his 'lack of action'.  Read more...

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200 South London Line Campaigners Pack Mayor’s Question Time

Save our South London Line Campaign PRESS RELEASE 

200 South London Line Campaigners Pack Mayor’s Question Time
Biggest contingent ever on a single issue at any Mayor’s Question Time
Mayor to lead delegation to see Transport Minister
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