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.

Southwark News SLLL Campaign Poster

Southwark News 17 September 2009

Southwark News published for the second month a full page poster supporting the  campaign to Save the South London Line, for readers to display in their windows.  See here for Poster uploaded in two halves for download and printing page:  

first half   

second half

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'We can win this one' says Val

Southwark News 17 September 2009 by John Prendergast

The battle for the South London Line can be won, according to London Assembly Member Val Shawcross ... the amount of opposition to it being axed and the cross party support the campaign has ... TfL are rattled and already making a review of the decision...   Read more

Southwark News 17 September View from City Hall by Val Shawcross

... some scientific research has come along to add statistical information that supports our emotional appeal! ... LTW study in the usage of the Line shows how important the demand is ..... Read more 

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The Pyjama Protest: Tuesday 22nd September 2009 7.30pm

 Tuesday 22nd September, 7.30pm, outside Denmark Hill Station

 Key stations will lose evening service to Victoria if South London Line is scrapped

 On Tuesday 22nd September campaigners fighting to save the South London Line will stage a pyjama protest outside Denmark Hill Station to highlight the loss of an evening service to Victoria if the line is scrapped.  GLA members Val Shawcross and Jenny Jones will be joining the protestors.  The campaigners, all clad in their pyjamas, will gather outside Denmark Hill Station at 7.30pm.

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Mon 9 Nov - Mayor's Question Time Brixton

Mayor's Question time
Brixton Academy

London Mayor Boris Johnson will be taking questions from the public on Monday 9 November, 7pm - 9pm, Brixton Academy. He has refused to meet with South London Line Campaigners, so this is your chance to ask him why TfL are proposing that our rail services should be cut.
Tickets are free, but are available on a first come, first serve basis - so don't delay!

Let us have so many rail users there that he has to hear us.
email -    including your name, address, postcode, daytime phone number and the number of tickets you require (max 6 per application) OR call 020 7983 4762.

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'£3.9m cost' of losing railway link

South London Press 11 Sep 2009 by Jenny Clover

If rail bosses axe a "vital" train line it will cost South Londoners nearly £4m a year in wasted time and severe disadvantage for thousands of rail users each day, according to the LTW major new user survey.  Read more

90% of passengers 'will have harder trek'

by Anthony Phillips Southwark News 10 Sep 2009

Nearly 90% of passengers said their journey would be made harder if the SLL was to be closed, according  a survey released this week by a travel watchdog group. Read more...

The report by London Travel Watch can be found here:

Closure of SLL 'makes no sense' insist users

by Reena Kumar Southwark News 10 Sep 2009

From the streets of Denmark Hill and London Bridge, the Southwark News reports on the views of patients and medical professionals about the planned closure of the SLL.  Read more

LTW survey - South London Line Research Study

South London Line plans will anger passengers

Several thousand passengers each day will be severely affected if Transport for London (TfL) and the Government break promises over the South London Line, said London TravelWatch.

London TravelWatch has issued the results of its passenger survey on the South London Line, which proves that passengers using the line will be severely disadvantaged if the promised replacement service between Victoria and Bellingham (via Clapham High Street, Wandsworth Road, Peckham and Denmark Hill) does not go ahead. 

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Get on track now, Boris

Letter in SLP 28 Aug 209

Anyone living in South London knows full well the lack of decent transport connections. ... The potential South London has to contribute to London's future prosperity is immense. By investing in vital infrastructure, Boris Johnson can claim a legacy of ending decades of under development....  Read more

Save the vital railway link

Southwark News Editorial 20 August 2009

It doesn't come as a surprise when plans are mooted to axe a transport link ... and there's an immediate howl of protest... But the argument against the closure of the South London Line from Victoria to London Bridge isn't just for it to be preserved. There's actually a decent arguemnt for the service to be INCREASED... 

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