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Commuters urged to have their say on changes that could lead to loss of peak-time rail services

PUBLISHED: 11:28 06 December 2016 | UPDATED: 11:33 06 December 2016

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The council is reminding people to respond to a consultation by Govia Thameslink Railway

Residents are being reminded to have their say on proposed changes to the Thameslink timetable that could lead to the loss of peak-time services from Beckenham and Bromley South,

Three high peak hour Thameslink services from Bromley South could be scrapped, while the Thameslink from Beckenham Junction could also be lost if the changes are given the go-ahead.

Colin Smith, executive councillor for environment, said: “Although there are some welcome proposals in the 2018 timetable, such as the improved off-peak frequency of services via Bromley South, we are extremely concerned about the potential loss of high peak-time services from Bromley South and Beckenham Junction, which if not replaced by South Eastern would exacerbate the already very uncomfortable overcrowding problems being experienced locally.

“We therefore need and are now officially calling for solid assurances and guarantees that these valued services are not going to be being lost and will of course be resolute in leading objections for the Bromley’s travelling public if there is even a scintilla of doubt that this might be the case.

“Residents in Bromley depend on a good rail service for their daily commute and many quite literally, depend on it for their livelihood. Indeed, many people move to Bromley precisely for that reason and its current level of connectivity to London and beyond.

“Unless we want to see more cars clogging our streets, which would make an absolute nonsense of all recent Government and Mayoral polices on congestion and air quality, it is absolutely essential that the volume and quality of that provision is maintained.”

Residents have until 5pm this Thursday (December 8) to respond to the consultation, which is available at: www.thameslinkrailway.com/your-journey/timetable-consultation/

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