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Southeastern apologises for service disruption as petitioners await government response

PUBLISHED: 14:09 19 January 2016 | UPDATED: 16:11 19 January 2016

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An online petition against Southeastern has more than 12,000 signatures

Following disruption to the Bexleyheath line last week, Southeastern have apologised to commuters for changes to their regualar services caused by last week’s landslides in Barnehurst.

Two separate landslides, the first on Monday evening and the second on Wednesday evening, caused by heavy rainfall, meant commuters couldn’t use the Dartford via Bexleyheath line for three days.

A spokesperson from Southeastern said: “We are pleased to say that the landslips that took place on the Barnehurst line have been cleared and our trains were able to start running from January 15.

“Network Rail engineers worked around the clock over two successive days on this and while this happened we were advising passengers to either travel between Dartford and Lewisham via the Sidcup or Woolwich lines or to use replacement buses.

“We would like to apologise to passengers for the inconvenience this cased while Network Rail carried out the repairs.”

But as the company apologises, an online petition calling for the company to be stripped of its franchise status is gaining momentum.

The highest concentration of signatures across the country was in south east London and north west Kent, with Dartford, Bexleyheath and Crayford and the Old Bexley and Sidcup constituency leading the way for highest number of signatures, all of which were affected by last week’s line closure.

Now the signature as gained more than 10,000 signatures, the government must issue a response to the petition.

Should it reach 100,000, the petition would have to be the subject of a debate in Parliament.

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