Campaigners hope to save Thameslink service “vital” to Streatham, Sutton and Wimbledon

From the Sutton Guardian.

Campaigners hoping to save a “vital” rail link will be hitting the borough’s streets next week.

Liberal Democrat councillors will be holding a cross-borough day of action – along with fellow party members in Sutton – on July 18, to protest against plans to axe the Thameslink through service to central London and King’s Cross, with trains stopping at Blackfriars.

Thousands of commuters from Streatham, Tulse Hill, Herne Hill and Loughborough Junction use the Wimbledon loop service which stops at stations in Wimbledon, Sutton and Streatham.

Campaigners, who also want to encourage passengers to respond to a consultation on the future franchise for the line, claim the service is being sacrificed to benefit train services to places outside London such as Brighton.

The group will be lobbying passengers at Streatham Station and other stations affected.

Liberal Democrat councillor for Streatham, Wells Alex Davies, said: “This service is vital to Streatham and other parts of Lambeth.

“Losing it would sever our only direct cross-London link to the City, St Pancras, Luton Airport and the future interchange with Crossrail.”

There will be a public meeting on the Thameslink changes on Thursday, July 19, in the Arena Room at Scola, St Nicholas Way, Sutton, at 7pm.

Responses to the consultation should be sent by August 23 to thameslink@dft.gsi.gov.uk

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Posted on 10/07/2012, in Thameslink. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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