Save our Hackbridge Trains
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Please sign the Hackbridge Rail User Group petition to ‘Save our Hackbridge Trains’ and increase the frequency of trains to/from Hackbridge to London Victoria during the peak periods in the new proposed timetable.
In Autumn 2016, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) launched a consultation setting out proposed changes to the timetable. In June 2017, they published proposals for a completely new timetable across their routes with effect from 2018. For Hackbridge the 2018 timetable is a step in the wrong direction. While other stations will benefit from an enhanced service, their specific proposals for Hackbridge to London Victoria would reduce our service significantly to effectively 2 trains per hour in the AM and PM peak (a reduced service every 30mins). The new services are there, they are just not coming to Hackbridge:
- Hackbridge to London Victoria proposed for 2018 7-10AM – 6 trains (loss of two services) Return 5-9PM – 8 trains (loss of five services)
- Carshalton to London Victoria proposed for 2018 There will be 3 additional AM services Carshalton-Clapham Junction-London Victoria. There will be 6 additional PM services London Victoria-Clapham Junction-Carshalton. These will not stop at Hackbridge, Mitcham Eastfields, Mitcham Junction or Balham. Carshalton will have 4 peak services per hour and Hackbridge will have only 2.
- Hackbridge to London Blackfriars proposed for 2018 7-10AM – 6 trains (increase of one service) Return 5-9PM – 8 trains (no change)
- Hackbridge to London Bridge service will increase by two trains in the 7-10AM peak and one train in the 5-7PM peak.
We argue that any proposal based on current passenger demand figures is inaccurate with a mix of recordable and unrecordable ticket use. More importantly we believe the picture of demand at Hackbridge is incomplete and does not take into account future demand in an area of population growth.
The Hackbridge Rail User Group campaign aims to raise awareness of the proposed reduction in service which would be detrimental to the quality of life here. Our unique combination of limited local public transport, increased road traffic and increasing population – make rail service provision more important than ever. We need to be better connected with more frequent services. We hope to get as many signatures as possible – a similar petition in Hadley Wood attracted nearly 3,500 signatures and GTR are listening to their concerns and will review passenger demand more regularly. In phase 1 of the consultation GTR accepted that more trains could be accommodated without compromising the plan.
We have made our elected representatives and Council officials aware of the situation and hope to work together to make sure that our issue is understood. In the meantime there are three things you can do. Please join the Facebook page – Hackbridge Rail Users Group, comment on the GTR proposal directly www.transformingrail.com (by 27 July 5pm) and sign our petition to strengthen our collective voice - Save our Hackbridge Trains!
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