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Light at the end of the tunnel!

November 28, 2009

There’s light at the end of the tunnel in our campaign to save the planned new Victoria to Bellingham line.

I attended a special meeting this week to discuss an ‘options study’ being carried out by Transport for London and London Travel Watch. The purpose of the study is to determine what can be done to mitigate the loss of the South London Line, which is due to close in 2012.

At the meeting, Transport for London announced that the Victoria to Bellingham line had made it onto a shortlist of options – thanks in no small part to our efforts in south Lewisham. I submitted a petition of over 350 signatures from local residents calling for the proposed Victoria to Bellingham line to be re-instated. There is as yet no funding ear-marked for such a line, but if we can successfully make the case for the Victoria to Bellingham line, we’ll be well-placed to demand that the money is found.

The end of the South London Line is a real setback for thousands of Londoners, but a line from Victoria to Bellingham would not only go some way to mitigating its loss, but would provide a much needed new service in an area of south London that currently has very poor rail links. We were assured that this would be taken into account when a final decision is made about the future of rail services in south London.

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