service: South London Line (SLL) Victoria-London Bridge via Peckham Rye

The South London Line (SLL) is a shuttle service on a U loop from Victoria to London Bridge via Battersea Park, Wandsworth Road, Clapham High St, Denmark Hill, Peckham Rye, Queen's Rd Peckham and South Bermondsey. It is a vital part of the rail infrastructure in Zone 2 in Inner South London. It complements the long distance commuter trains into London Bridge, Victoria and Blackfriars and makes additional links between some of the SLL stations and London Bridge and Victoria. The trains to these central London stations take only a short time and so within short times rail users can be on the Tube - one of 6 lines - Victoria, Circle, District, Northern, Bakerloo, and Jubilee. This acts for users therefore as if it is part of the Tube.

But the rail industry does not see this at all. DfT and Network Rail and the train operating companies are interested only in high revenues from long and longer distance commuter trains, and TfL are interested in only their own overground operated services, i.e. the East London Extension to come in 2012. At that point they all want to cut the SLL and reduce our direct services to central London and in the case of Wandsworth Rd, Clapham High St, Denmark Hill cut the direct link to London Bridge and in the case of South Bermondsey and Queens Rd cut the direct link to Victoria, and for Peckham Rye reduce the number of services to those central London stations. TfL will instead substitute 4tph to Clapham Junction and Canada Water on the new ELLX. SRUG joined with others to form the Save the South London Line Campaign. ----- see here for a comparison of TfL’s vision of the future with ours.

But the campaign was defeated and the SLL will end on 8th December 2012 after operation since 1866.

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 

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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Mayor takes rail battle to the Government

TfL / Mayor of London Press Release 

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, will this week meet with the Transport Minister, Sadiq Khan, on behalf of Londoners living in the south of the capital in a bid to resolve their concerns over the future of rail
services in their area.  read press release

Boris Johnson fights plan to shut commuter route

Evening Standard 9th November 2009  Dick Murray, Transport Correspondent
Boris Johnson is fighting proposals to close a rail route into Victoria and London Bridge stations after accusing the Government of ducking out of its responsibilities to pay for an alternative service.  read Evening Standard ...

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TfL under pressure to reconsider axing

Southwark News  5 November 2009   John Prendergast

Pressure from campaigners has led Transport for London (TfL) seriously to reconsider saving the South London Line (SLL), after TfL initially sent out mixed messages about its retention.  read more...

Success – TfL Review to cover London Bridge!

The TfL invitation to the Stakeholder meeting on 24th November reveals that the campaign has successfully got trains to London Bridge back onto the agenda. These originally were excluded from the TfL review which was looking only at services to Victoria. The letter says:

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