Great news – it’s just been announced today that the battle to save the Thameslink service through London has been successful.
This follows the huge campaign against Network Rail’s plans to cut the direct link between south London, the City and central London, commonly known as the ‘Wimbledon loop’, after the Thameslink upgrade is completed in 2016.
Thousands of residents signed petitions and submitted comments to the consultation and in particular there was a key visit by a delegation including councillors and MPs from Merton and Sutton to see the Rail Minister – you may have read about our local campaign in the Wimbledon Guardian
This press release went up today on the Department for Transport website.
Lib Dem councillor Mary-Jane Jeanes said:
This is absolutely fantastic news – we’re really pleased to have helped people get their views across through our petition and campaigning, and that ministers have listened.
During the campaign, so many people told us they’d bought homes and put down roots in local communities based on the train services along the Wimbledon Loop.
The proposals would have caused hardship and delay for passengers especially with considerable overcrowding at Blackfriars station if passengers had to change trains.
Thanks to everyone for their help and support.