service: Victoria-Bromley/Bellingham

The South London RUS proposed that there should be a new service of two trains per hour between Victoria & Bellingham (south of Catford) to reduce some of the harm caused by the loss of the South London Line in 2012. This plan was cancelled without further consultation in 2009 by TfL asking the DfT to transfer to the TfL budget the funding for the Victoria-Bellingham line to pay for the East London Line Extension Phase 2.  During the campaign for the SLL,  TfL proposed that the new Bellingham- Victoria service be extended to Bromley and be introduced when there is funding for it. In January 2015, in the renewal/extension of the current Southeastern rail franchise, the Dartford - Victoria service was extended to a full 7 day a week service, restoring two trains an hour (every 30 minutes). The campaign for a new Victoria service to Bromley/Bellingham will continue for the new contracts in 2018. Achieving this would give what is needed for this service - a train every 15 minutes to Victoria.

TfL report on options for filling gaps in Victoria services after 2012

TfL released their report in June 2010 on how to fill the gaps in Victoria services left by the cut of the SLL in 2012.  See the report here .  They identified several different options that would create direct links to Victoria for Southwark stations Nunhead, Peckham Rye and Denmark Hill, and Lambeth's Clapham and Wandsworth stations, some less feasible than others.  They concluded that Option 7 was the most feasible so that is what they are still investigating with Southeastern Rail.  Read more.

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Train overcrowding fears as axe on SLL looms

from SLP 7 September 2010: When the South London Line is axed in 2012, the overcrowding at Clapham North on the Northern line will be severe. The funding for the Victoria - Bellingham and Bromley new service that was promised in mitigation was taken by TfL for the East London Line Extension to Clapham Junction. This means that Clapham High St and Wandsworth Rd stations will lose all their services direct into central London. Read article...

Anger over rail service cuts

Save South London Line campaigners were joined by senior politicians on 28 July at Clapham High Street station. Simon Hughes MP said "The Dept of Transport must know that South Londoners are unanimously behind this campaign."  Read more...

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Parliamentary debate on South London Line 14 July 2010

Kate Hoey, MP for Vauxhall, stimulated on 14 July 2010 a parliamentary debate on the future of the South London Line. See here for the transcript   

SRUG News June 2010

* local rail history event
* Peckham Rye Station
* Save the South London Line
* Future SRUG work


John Harvard Library invites you to an afternoon of slide shows and talk on
British Rail Southern Region during the Blitz
SATURDAY 19th JUNE  time 2pm-4pm
venue is  John Harvard Library, 211 Borough High St, SE1 1JA
further information from : Eugenia Atta, Library Manager , 020 7525 4528

latest news from the Rye Lane & Station Action Group:

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Write to the Mayor - SLP campaign web letter

Report from SLP 12 March 2010  read here

THE South London Press is backing campaigners’ calls for Boris Johnson to come to the rescue of rail services this side of the river. Save the South London Line (SLL) members are asking thousands of people to write to the London Mayor urging him to save a proposed replacement for the line that runs from London Bridge to Victoria. Last year, Transport of London (TfL) and the Department for Transport (DfT) decided to scrap the SLL in 2012. A proposed replacement from Bellingham to London Bridge was also ditched and the £24million – or £2.5million per year – due to fund it was diverted to the East London line extension from West Croydon to Dalston Junction via South-east London. Read more and use the SLP web linked email to the Mayor

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The vital rail link that should not be scrapped

The campaigners battling to save the South London Line have published a short report which argues that it is vital to retain the line if South London is ever to enjoy a train service which runs at a tube-like frequency 

The report shows that key stations in South London will suffer if the South London Line is withdrawn.

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