Save the direct train service from Beckenham Junction/Kent House/Penge East/Sydenham Hill/West Dulwich to Blackfriars
The future of the direct rail service from Beckenham Junction to Blackfriars is uncertain. Currently (Sept 2020) the service is not running due to COVID. We asked Southeastern when it would be reinstated and they told us:
"In the case of Beckenham Junction to Blackfriars, we will not be reinstating direct services in the short-term while usage of these services is very low and the usage of the line by other services will be returning to higher levels. This is to ensure the resilience of our ramped-up service and minimise the risk of any impacts on reliability as services are increased once more.
However, this is not to say the direct services will not be returning in the longer term. We are keeping this situation under constant review, owing to the very fluid circumstances we are facing, and it is our intention to return to a full timetable as soon as possible. "
In 2014 we campaigned successfully to retain a service from Beckenham Junction to Blackfriars. When Thameslink ceased operating from Beckenham Junction, our campaign and lobbying secured the service to Blackfriars with Southeastern. We need to campaign again to make sure Southeastern keeps this much needed direct service.
If you want this service to be reinstated sign this petition. We need to let Southeastern know how important this service is to local people before they make a decision about its future.
Sign this petition to save the direct rail service to Blackfriars from Beckenham Junction, Kent House, Penge East, Sydenham Hill, West Dulwich.