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Southeastern plans for Sidcup line from Gravesend given thumbs up by Bexley Council

PUBLISHED: 14:06 24 July 2013 | UPDATED: 14:20 24 July 2013

Southeastern are extending a service from Gravesend to Charing Cross

Southeastern are extending a service from Gravesend to Charing Cross

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Southeastern's latest move to relieve overcrowding on the Sidcup line from Gravesend has been met with approval from Bexley Council.

The company has announced that it will be introducing a longer 12 carriage train on the 7.07am Gravesend to Charing Cross service.

Council leader Cllr Teresa O’Neill said: “We campaigned for station platforms to be lengthened and I am delighted that this has happened and that longer trains are going to be introduced on this busy service.

“Overcrowded trains are a concern for many commuters who live in the borough and I hope more services will soon benefit from extra carriages.”

The council are pressing for greater awareness of the services that link the Sidcup and Bexleyheath lines with the north Kent Line.

They are calling for more publicity to be given to these services, which will give residents in the south and centre of the borough access to the new Crossrail service that will start to operate from Abbey Wood station in 2018.

Cllr Gareth Bacon, cabinet member for environment and public realm, said: “For historic reasons, our north south transport links are poor, so the loop services are really important in giving people access to Crossrail.

“We see it as our job to create new employment and leisure opportunities for local people and we want to see as many of them as possible enjoy the improved service that Crossrail will bring.”

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