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General election CANCELS all remaining south eastern rail franchise consultation meetings

PUBLISHED: 17:45 25 April 2017 | UPDATED: 17:45 25 April 2017

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Government departments are now in purdah

Five events for the public to have their say on the future of the south eastern rail franchise have been cancelled due to the general election.

Following Theresa May’s announcement of a snap general election last week, government departments entered purdah, a period in which they, and local authorities, are unable to comment on issues which may impact an upcoming election.

Six events have taken place so far, two of which were in Sevenoaks and Maidstone.

But with the public consultation on the future of the rail franchise due to run out on May 23, five events, including ones in Gravesend and Canterbury due to take place on May 9 and May 10, have been cancelled with no chance of a new date.

The consultation has already sparked a 21,000-strong petition after proposals to cut Dartford and Bexleyheath services down to just one London terminal.

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