Public Transport Liaison Committee First Meeting – more trains for ‘cinderella line’?

Lewisham Council’s new Public Transport Liaison Committee met for the first time on Wednesday, 5th October in the Mayor’s meeting room at Lewisham Town Hall.

The new Public Transport Liaison Committee was set up as a forum for Councillors, civic societies and the public to come together with bus, train and public transport operators across the London Borough of Lewisham to discuss improvements and other issues. The proposals were agreed at the Council’s AGM on 30th March, the papers are here.

Councillor Alan Hall, who led the proposals for the new Committee through Lewisham Council said: “The meeting has heard of possible improvements to the Catford Loop line trains services, dubbed the Cinderella Line. Two trains per hour in London, a world city is not good enough. I hope that Thameslink will seriously consider increasing their frequency to four trains per hour  and I welcome South Eastern’s trains suggestion that they maybe able to stop some fast Victoria trains along the Catford loop line at peak times. This is a real break through.”

He went on to say: “The meeting discussed various train and bus issues that matter to Lewisham residents and this first meeting has been very worthwhile.”

The agenda and papers for the meeting are here

The meeting heard that Thameslink are considering increasing their frequency on the Catford Loop Line – serving Beckenham Hill, Bellingham, Catford and Crofton Park stations and South Eastern trains are looking at stopping some fast through trains on Victoria and Kent lines.

Lewisham Councillors have been campaigning for more trains on the Catford Loop line see ‘Cinderella Line – Two trains per hour not enough’ 29th March 2016

Cllr Alan Hall asked the formal question on the Catford Loop Line here
Thamselink timetable consultation until 8th December 2016 is here