Tooting rail linked saved

Published: Tuesday 22nd January 13

The campaign to save a key rail service between Tooting with north London has ended in victory.

The Thameslink Loop Line service - which provides direct trains between south and north London - was to be severed at Blackfriars Station under plans put forward by Network Rail.

Wandsworth is part of an alliance of councils, MPs, and GLA members which formed to fight the proposal.

Yesterday (Monday), Rail Minister Simon Burns confirmed the cross-London service will be maintained.

Wandsworth Council's transport spokesman Cllr Russell King said:

"This will come as a great relief to the thousands of people in Tooting and the surrounding area who rely on this service to get to work.

"It makes no sense at all to sever a cross-London commuter route and it would have been a step backwards for our transport system. We're delighted the Government has listen to our concerns and decided to stepped in."

Rail Minister Simon Burns said:

"The Wimbledon Loop provides a vital service for thousands of Londoners every day, and we have worked hard to safeguard its future after listening to the concerns of local people and stakeholders.

"The Thameslink Programme is having a huge impact on improving rail services across London and beyond, but the department was always concerned that the initial proposals for this route were not quite right.

"I am therefore extremely pleased that Network Rail have relooked at the plans and am confident this decision will provide benefits to rail users for years to come."

The Thameslink Programme is a £6 billion project in south-east England to upgrade and expand the Thameslink rail network to provide new and longer trains between a wider range of stations to the north and south of London.

Work includes platform lengthening, station remodelling, new railway infrastructure and additional rolling stock.

Find our more about the council's transport campaigns at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/travelchoices

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