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 railĀ franchise. Ā You can read the interview that Chris gave yesterdayĀ 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. Ā  The answer to South East London’s transport problems is more connectivity, not less – and IĀ have been making the case to Ministers for Charing Cross and Victoria services to beĀ maintained.

This week I submitted theĀ Conservative Council Group’s formal response to the consultation, which has been extended until 30th June to give commutersĀ 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, heĀ is notĀ going to make any change that doesn’t have the support of commuters. Continue reading Southeastern commuters have suffered for far too long