Southeastern commuters have suffered for far too long

Matt Hartley and Chris Grayling at Eltham station


I invited Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary, to Eltham yesterday to talk about the Department for Transport’s ongoing consultation on the future of the South Eastern rail¬†franchise. ¬†You can read the interview that Chris gave yesterday¬†to the Greenwich Mercury online here.

As an Eltham councillor and Leader of the Conservatives at the Town Hall, I have strongly opposed any suggestion that Bexleyheath line trains should go to Cannon Street only. ¬† The answer to South East London’s transport problems is more connectivity, not less – and I¬†have been making the case to Ministers for Charing Cross and Victoria services to be¬†maintained.

This week I submitted the¬†Conservative Council Group’s formal response to the consultation, which has been extended until 30th June to give commuters¬†more time to share their views.

In our meeting yesterday and in his interview with the Mercury, Chris Grayling was very clear – his priority as Transport Secretary is improving services and crucially, delivering longer trains – and when it comes to the issue of the terminals served from our local stations, he¬†is not¬†going to make any change that doesn’t have the support of commuters. Continue reading Southeastern commuters have suffered for far too long