Save train services from Beckenham Junction/Kent House/Penge East/Sydenham Hill/West Dulwich to St Pancras and beyond.
Beckenham Junction, Kent House, Penge East, Sydenham Hill and West Dulwich are set to lose Thameslink train services to St Pancras and beyond in 2018. The new Thameslink route maps show these services ceasing in May 2018.
Following a little known government consultation in 2012 called “Consultation on the combined Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise” the Department for Transport decided that no trains from Beckenham Junction, Kent House, Penge East, Sydenham Hill and West Dulwichwould go through the Thameslink Core (2 way track between Blackfriars and City Thameslink). Instead services on the Wimbledon Loop would be increased. This decision was made despite Network Rail's recommendation that Wimbledon services should terminate at Blackfrairs and not go through the Core.
Beckenham and Penge, Sydenham and Dulwich will lose the service in favour of the Wimbledon Loop having 4 trains an hour to St Pancras and beyond. It is not reasonable that Wimbledon is given all the Thameslink services whilst a critical rail service is completely removed from Beckenham Junction, Kent House, Penge East, Sydenham Hill and West Dulwich. Surely there is capacity for these stations to retain their 6 daily Thameslink services? Local people rely on these services!
The Department of Transport is stopping the train operator running trains from Beckenham Junction to St Pancras and beyond. Further there are no guarantees that services will be retained from Beckenham Junction (via Kent House, Penge East, Sydenham Hill and West Dulwich) to terminate at Blackfriars (the station before the Thameslink Core).
Sign up here to register your objection to the loss of St Pancras and beyond train services from Beckenham Junction, Kent House, Penge East, Sydenham Hill and West Dulwich.
Further information can be found on the Copers Cope Area Residents' Association Beckenham website www.coperscope.org.uk