Southwark Rail Users Group News

Welcome. SRUG covers routes and stations serving Peckham Rye, Nunhead, South Bermondsey, Queens Road, Denmark Hill, East Dulwich, North Dulwich. See diagram. News items in date order below. See right hand column for topics.

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Oyster pay as you go on overground rail

 From Southern Stakeholder Brief Dec 2009

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London and Lord Andrew Adonis, Secretary of State for Transport announced last month that Oyster pay as you go will be accepted across all national rail services in London from 2 January 2010. The announcement was made at Balham station where pay as you go is being piloted on services between Balham and Victoria.From Saturday 2 January 2010, passengers travelling within the London fares zone area will be able to use Oyster pay as you go on Southern services and all other train services in the London area, in addition to bus, tram and the Docklands Light Railway (DLR). This will make it easier for passengers   read more

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Southern Rail Passenger Panel

email to SRUG contacts
Do you use any of the trains that go through North Dulwich, East Dulwich, Peckham Rye, Queens Road, & South Bermondsey to London Bridge, or the South London Line that runs from London Bridge to Victoria via South Bermondsey, Queens Rd, Peckham Rye and Denmark Hill?
If so, please consider volunteering to become part of Southern Rail's Passenger Panel to give your views. It would be very good to have Southwark rail users on the Panel to give feedback on our parts of the services, so hope some of you volunteer. See below for details.
Message from Southern Rail:

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Rail campaigners mark a century of electrical line

South London Press 4th December 2009 by Jenny Clover  photo and read article

Transport campaigners dressed in Edwardian garb celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first London electrified train line this week. The Save the South London Line campaigners met at Denmark Hill station Tuesday morning for a champagne breakfast. It was 1st Decemeber 1909 that the first electric trains carrying passengers ran on the line ...

Bubbles for rail line's centenary

Southwark News 3rd December 2009; by John Prendergast   read article

Champagne corks were popped for the threatened South London Line on Tuesday; but they were to celebrate its centenary rather than stopping the route from being axed. Campaigners met at 8am at Denmark Hill station to enjoy some drinks and nibbles, to toast the 100th anniversary of the line becoming electrified.

TfL Recognises Need For Central London Links from South London Line stations

Message from the Save the South London Line Campaign*:
At a meeting on 24th November 2009 with stakeholder groups in South London, TfL recognised one of the main objectives of campaigners, the need to keep radial services to Central London for current South London Line stations. TfL has proposed a variety of short-listed options for keeping service to Victoria, including diverting the East London Line from Clapham Junction, introducing a Victoria-Bellingham service and making current Victoria-Dartford services run all day, guaranteeing for Denmark Hill and Peckham Rye all day trains to Victoria. This is in contrast to TfL's earlier assertions that SLL passengers should take ELLX to Clapham Junction and change for Victoria there.

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London Orbital isolates the Capital

Letter to Modern Railways magazine  (read article)    From:    Graham Feakins

Just who is this man, emboldened with the title of "London Rail Chief Operating Officer" and by name of Howard Smith, who can dismiss in two short sentences the total future of the South London Line (MR Dec. 09) by stating that Network Rail has 'already said' that the London Bridge end will be cut off in 2012, there has been "some controversy" and that the Victoria enhancement will not even

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Mayor Johnson's view of meeting with Rail Minister

 Mayor's Question Time – 18 November 2009 Transcript: Mayor's Oral Update

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): … Of course the Members who came on the delegation [regarding the South London Line] to see Sadiq Khan [Minister of State for Transport] will know exactly what happened. I think it was, on the whole, a successful mission. The Government certainly heard our points and it heard the points that we were able to relay to it about the concerns of rail travel users in south London, and it is agreed that the Department of Transport (DfT) will give serious consideration to finding alternatives following the withdrawal of the South London Line mandated by it. In this whole story and in this conversation that has begun about rail travel in south London I think there is a danger that we will miss the big good news point - and I think I am entitled to stress the good news as the Mayor - that the extension of the East London Line, connecting it up with the North London Line, will hugely increase capacity for rail users in south London… 

Does the Mayor then just take the TfL line that the new East London Line is more important for South London than the direct links into central London? Read full transcript here.

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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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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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