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MPs and councillors unite against government proposals to cut Bexley train services

PUBLISHED: 12:30 21 April 2017

Teresa Pearce MP, Cllr Joe Ferreira, James Brokenshire MP, Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE, Cllr Alex Sawyer and David Evennett MP

Teresa Pearce MP, Cllr Joe Ferreira, James Brokenshire MP, Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE, Cllr Alex Sawyer and David Evennett MP

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A consultation had discussed cutting some services toward London

Proposals to cut most direct to London rail services from Bexley have been met with united opposition in the borough.

In its consultation on the future of the south eastern rail franchise, the government put forward the suggestion of cutting services from central and north Bexley to Charing Cross and Victoria.

The proposal has been met with strong opposition, with more than 20,000 people signing an online petition against the idea.

This morning (Friday) cross-party MPs and councillors met at Bexleyheath station to demonstrate their opposition and keep Bexley on track.

MPs James Brokenshire, David Evennett and Teresa Pearce joined leader of the council Teresa O’Neill, council cabinet member for transport Alex Sawyer and councillor Joe Ferreira at the station to express their support for the Department for Transport to organise a consultation in the borough about proposals.

“Many people depend on these services and such a major change in service should not be considered until more and better alternatives are available,” said Cllr O’Neill.

The government’s response to the petition reads: “We are seeking passengers’ views on the principle of reducing the choice of London termini to provide a more regular timetable and reliable service. We are not proposing to cut specific services.”

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