Merton councillors' station closures warning amid Thameslink Wimbledon loop service

Wimbledon Guardian: Merton Council leader, Stephen Alambritis Merton Council leader, Stephen Alambritis

The closure of south London train stations would be “fiercely opposed” by councillors if controversial plans to make services terminate at Blackfriars station are approved next year.

Merton Council leader, Stephen Alambritis, has written to the Government’s new Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin MP, to relay the opposition to the plans from all four the borough’s political parties.

In a cross-party motion, passed at a full council meeting the Civic Centre on September 12, states it would be “unfair” on residents of Wimbledon and Morden to lose their direct services to stations beyond Blackfriars on the so-called Wimbledon loop.

In a letter to Mr McLoughlin, Councillor Alambritis wrote: “To this end, I have been mandated by the motion to write to both yourself and the Chief Executive of Network Rail to express the concerns among our community about the possibility of losing this important service.

“We are also resolved to resist any attempts to use the consultation proposal to justify closure of any stations.”

Hundreds of people have backed a petition against the plans as the Government consults on a new seven-year Thameslink franchise, with recommendations trains serving Merton on the Wimbledon loop should terminate early.

A consultation by the Department of Transport had finished on Friday, September 14.

At a public meeting one month ago , the department’s head of franchising, Roger Jones, said no decisions had yet been made and said the opposition against the plans had been “heard very loud and very clear."


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3:41pm Mon 17 Sep 12

mangad says...

What the? Where on earth has "station closures" come from?

Scare-mongering, through and through. There's no planned station closures. No chance of there ever being planned station closures. What a load of rubbish.
What the? Where on earth has "station closures" come from? Scare-mongering, through and through. There's no planned station closures. No chance of there ever being planned station closures. What a load of rubbish. mangad
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2:12pm Tue 18 Sep 12

tjames says...

bit much to refer to 4 political groupings--mpir and libdims have no political stance
bit much to refer to 4 political groupings--mpir and libdims have no political stance tjames
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11:29am Wed 19 Sep 12

Anthony F says...

No one has said anything about "planned station closures"; but some of the proposed 'solutions' to the Blackfriars problem could involve downgrading Wimbledon loop services.

So it really is fair enough for the Council to respond to a consultation on the specification on the Thameslink franchise to make its position clear.

As for tjames' comment, not sure what s/he means "mpir and libdims have no political stance" - Merton Lib Dems (along with their colleagues across South London) have been campaigning on this issue since 2011.
No one has said anything about "planned station closures"; but some of the proposed 'solutions' to the Blackfriars problem could involve downgrading Wimbledon loop services. So it really is fair enough for the Council to respond to a consultation on the specification on the Thameslink franchise to make its position clear. As for tjames' comment, not sure what s/he means "mpir and libdims have no political stance" - Merton Lib Dems (along with their colleagues across South London) have been campaigning on this issue since 2011. Anthony F
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