Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford and Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury, met with the Rail Minister, Kevin Foster MP, at the Conservative Party Conference to express his disappointment and concern with the changes to the Southeastern timetable from December.
Following the publication of the timetable, Sir David immediately wrote to both Southeastern and the Rail Minister. He will be holding a meeting with representatives from Southeastern shortly, as well as an additional meeting with the Rail Minister, but has already raised a number of issues with the timetable. These include the removal of Charing Cross services on the Bexleyheath line during off-peak times and the weekend, the withdrawal of all Charing Cross services on the Woolwich line and the loss of off-peak Cannon Street services on the Sidcup line.
Sir David has commented: “I am very disappointed with the way Southeastern have approached the new timetable. These changes will significantly affect rail users across the Borough of Bexley, who don’t have any alternatives as we are not served by a single Underground station. The status given to Cannon Street as a major terminus for our area is nonsensical, especially as Charing Cross is the most popular service for rail users travelling to London from Bexley for both work and leisure”.