Keep Bexley on track

Bexley Councillors have called on local people to express their views on the proposal to end direct rail services from central and north Bexley to Charing Cross and Victoria.

Cabinet member and Council Leader with campaign logo outside Bexleyheath Station
Cllr Alex Sawyer and Cllr Teresa O'Neill OBE at Bexleyheath Station

The proposals are included in a Department for Transport consultation on the new franchise for South Eastern rail services. It says that “a simpler service can help deliver a step-change improvement in the punctuality of both Metro and Mainline services”.

“Bexley is home to large numbers of commuters and others who rely on the train to travel up to London,” said Cllr Alex Sawyer, the Cabinet lead for Transport. “If the change goes ahead as proposed, the service will be reduced and local people’s lives will be made more difficult because these journeys will be longer and more complicated.

“We are heavily reliant on rail services until the investment we are seeking in new transport connections takes place. Better transport is vital for economic growth in Bexley, south-east London and north-west Kent.”

Councillors are calling on people to –

1: Sign the online petition at https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/190894
2: Tweet, re-tweet and use the hashtag #keepbexleyontrack 
3: Write to the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling MP
4: Write to Southeastern trains

Consultation meetings have been arranged about the proposal, but there are currently none planned in the London Borough of Bexley. Cllr Sawyer has written to the Secretary of State to ask that one is arranged, so that local people can hear about the proposals directly from those involved.

A copy of the consultation document is available online at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/604904/south-eastern-rail-franchise-public-consultation.pdf