Below is latest news sent by SRUG (Southwark Rail Users Group), a member of the campaign to Save the South London Line. The other campaign members include Clapham Transport Users’ Group, Lambeth Public Transport Group, the two major hospitals - King's And SLAM, all local elected representatives, and the four main political parties.
SRUG is a group for local rail users of routes and stations in mid-central Southwark, serving Peckham Rye, Nunhead, South Bermondsey, Queens Road, Denmark Hill, East Dulwich, North Dulwich. SRUG aims to learn about the local rail system to make informed comments and secure improvements to stations and services. The current main issue is the campaign to reverse cuts on direct train services into central London.
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Press Release from the Save the South London Line Campaign
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. click here for the report
The report shows that key stations in South London will suffer if the South London Line is withdrawn.
· Peckham Rye's 10 minute service to London Bridge will be reduced to a train every 15 minutes. It will lose its evening and Sunday services to Victoria altogether.
· Denmark Hill, which serves the major Maudsley and Kings College hospitals, will lose all its direct services to London Bridge and its evening and Sunday services to Victoria.
· Clapham High Street and Wandsworth Road will lose all their direct services to both Victoria and London Bridge.
The report argues that, instead of cutting services in South London, Transport for London and the rail companies should be looking to enhance services. It makes a number of suggestions which could improve the rail service in South London for just a moderate cost.
John Stewart, the Co-ordinator of Lambeth Public Transport Group, said "The South London Line is a vital link for South London. There should be no question of scrapping it. Indeed, there should be more trains stopping in South London rather than fewer."