MP claims victory as Wimbledon Thameslink loop saved

This Is Local London: MP claims victory as Wimbledon Thameslink loop saved MP claims victory as Wimbledon Thameslink loop saved

The MP for Wimbledon has claimed victory over a campaign to save the Wimbledon Thameslink service.

This morning the Government instructed Network Rail to ensure the service, which runs in a loop from Mitcham Eastfields via Sutton, Wimbledon and Tooting before continuing into central London via Blackfriars and out to St Albans and Luton remains intact . 

It was proposed this route should terminate at Blackfriars which would have forced passengers to disembark and change trains cutting off direct routes from Wimbledon and Sutton to north London, St Pancras International and further afield to St Albans and Luton.  

Stephen Hammond, MP for Wimbledon and transport minister, has been campaigning against proposed cuts to the service for the last six years.

He said: “This would cause considerable inconvenience and disruption all because that would allow Network Rail some marginal seconds in efficiency gain. 

“I immediately met then Lord Adonis who was rail minister and since then met every rail minister.

“And last November I organised for a delegation to meet the current rail minister Simon Burns.

“Last July there was a station wide campaign to inform local people of the dangers to their service. Many people followed my request and contributed to the Consultation.

“Undoubtedly this impressed the Minister as it ws one of the biggest responses seen.

“I am delighted by this announcement which is great news for Wimbledon commuters who use the Loop and great news for Wimbledon as it underlines our importance as a local transport hub.

"The daily disruption would have been tremendous and unnecessary so I am glad this will now not happen “

 

 

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11:54am Mon 21 Jan 13

Anthony F says...

Fantastic news - although I think the real congratulations should go to the thousands of residents, councillors and MPs who responded to the *cross-party* campaign to save the Wimbledon Loop.
Fantastic news - although I think the real congratulations should go to the thousands of residents, councillors and MPs who responded to the *cross-party* campaign to save the Wimbledon Loop. Anthony F
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12:01pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Mulder says...

Waste of time and energy. At least with splitting the service in two, you get more reliability - currently a train breaks down 40 miles away in Luton and it affect us in Wimbledon.

Except for a few marginal examples, most stations on the route, have faster ways of getting to Central London.

I truly believe that this is a lost opportunity to actually make the service much more reliable than it currently is. I generally like Stephen Hammond and the work that he does, but this just seems like a campaign for the sake of a campaign, rather than something that was thought-through.
Waste of time and energy. At least with splitting the service in two, you get more reliability - currently a train breaks down 40 miles away in Luton and it affect us in Wimbledon. Except for a few marginal examples, most stations on the route, have faster ways of getting to Central London. I truly believe that this is a lost opportunity to actually make the service much more reliable than it currently is. I generally like Stephen Hammond and the work that he does, but this just seems like a campaign for the sake of a campaign, rather than something that was thought-through. Mulder
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1:41pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Giles C says...

Well done to all who campaigned on this cross borough and cross party....
I bet the Lib Dems though try and make out it was only them fighting for it....
Can Mr photo opportunity Burstow have his picture this time standing in front of a train...preferably moving.
Well done to all who campaigned on this cross borough and cross party.... I bet the Lib Dems though try and make out it was only them fighting for it.... Can Mr photo opportunity Burstow have his picture this time standing in front of a train...preferably moving. Giles C
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3:19pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Simon Densley says...

So a Government Minister actually can save something in their own area that's covered by their own department. What a stark contrast with Paul Burstow and his failure to save St Helier Hospital while a health minister. Maybe competence has something to do with it too.
So a Government Minister actually can save something in their own area that's covered by their own department. What a stark contrast with Paul Burstow and his failure to save St Helier Hospital while a health minister. Maybe competence has something to do with it too. Simon Densley
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3:21pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Nick of Muster says...

Very dissapointing. I had hoped that the loop could become a tram. The service is dreadful and I only ever go past kings cross twice a year maximum. Not many people use the service all the way to Luton. Pointless campaign. Great to see the transport minister can get his way though. Restores my faith in politics.
Very dissapointing. I had hoped that the loop could become a tram. The service is dreadful and I only ever go past kings cross twice a year maximum. Not many people use the service all the way to Luton. Pointless campaign. Great to see the transport minister can get his way though. Restores my faith in politics. Nick of Muster
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6:19pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Mulder says...

Oh the irony - this news comes on the day that a person is hit by a train in Harpenden (40 miles away) and many trains from 4pm onwards were cancelled on the Wimbledon loop because of this.

Do we still think this is such a great idea?
Oh the irony - this news comes on the day that a person is hit by a train in Harpenden (40 miles away) and many trains from 4pm onwards were cancelled on the Wimbledon loop because of this. Do we still think this is such a great idea? Mulder
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6:31pm Mon 21 Jan 13

jackson80 says...

Nice work people of Sutton and our Lib Dem MP's for all your support! Bringing the tram to Sutton is a bad idea.... unless it is direct to Wimbledon.
Nice work people of Sutton and our Lib Dem MP's for all your support! Bringing the tram to Sutton is a bad idea.... unless it is direct to Wimbledon. jackson80
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7:14pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Michael Pantlin says...

Simon Densley wrote:
So a Government Minister actually can save something in their own area that's covered by their own department. What a stark contrast with Paul Burstow and his failure to save St Helier Hospital while a health minister. Maybe competence has something to do with it too.
Well said Simon, my thoughts exactly.
[quote][p][bold]Simon Densley[/bold] wrote: So a Government Minister actually can save something in their own area that's covered by their own department. What a stark contrast with Paul Burstow and his failure to save St Helier Hospital while a health minister. Maybe competence has something to do with it too.[/p][/quote]Well said Simon, my thoughts exactly. Michael Pantlin
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7:20pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Michael Pantlin says...

jackson80 wrote:
Nice work people of Sutton and our Lib Dem MP's for all your support! Bringing the tram to Sutton is a bad idea.... unless it is direct to Wimbledon.
I would not wish to see a tram come to Sutton at the expense of splitting our excellent hoppa bus routes at the top and bottom of the High Street. There always used to be an idea on the back burner to extend the Northern tube line from Morden to Sutton by putting in a junction with the Wimbledon Loop line at Morden South Station but it would now have to pass through or under a huge mosque now occupying the site needed for the short extension.
[quote][p][bold]jackson80[/bold] wrote: Nice work people of Sutton and our Lib Dem MP's for all your support! Bringing the tram to Sutton is a bad idea.... unless it is direct to Wimbledon.[/p][/quote]I would not wish to see a tram come to Sutton at the expense of splitting our excellent hoppa bus routes at the top and bottom of the High Street. There always used to be an idea on the back burner to extend the Northern tube line from Morden to Sutton by putting in a junction with the Wimbledon Loop line at Morden South Station but it would now have to pass through or under a huge mosque now occupying the site needed for the short extension. Michael Pantlin
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11:18pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Andrew-R says...

As a daily commuter on the Wimbledon Loop, this is bad news.
All the problems and delays emanate from incidents north of Blackfriars, and impact directly on our SW London services. Delays this evening were caused by an incident at Harpenden (27 miles north of Blackfriars, and 36 miles from Wimbledon), and resulted in 3 consecutive southbound peak time services via Wimbledon being cancelled - so more than a 2 hour gap with no trains.
If the service was a standalone loop, the service would be much more robust, without conflicting movements with long distance trains.
Having to change trains at Blackfriars would be cross-platform or at least at the same level northbound, and southbound easily achieved with lifts if needed for those with luggage.
I'd much prefer a reliable and robust service with onward connections than one that collapses at the first hint of trouble up north!
As a daily commuter on the Wimbledon Loop, this is bad news. All the problems and delays emanate from incidents north of Blackfriars, and impact directly on our SW London services. Delays this evening were caused by an incident at Harpenden (27 miles north of Blackfriars, and 36 miles from Wimbledon), and resulted in 3 consecutive southbound peak time services via Wimbledon being cancelled - so more than a 2 hour gap with no trains. If the service was a standalone loop, the service would be much more robust, without conflicting movements with long distance trains. Having to change trains at Blackfriars would be cross-platform or at least at the same level northbound, and southbound easily achieved with lifts if needed for those with luggage. I'd much prefer a reliable and robust service with onward connections than one that collapses at the first hint of trouble up north! Andrew-R
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9:39am Tue 22 Jan 13

Mattforest says...

A false victory. Billions of pounds were spent at Blackfriars moving the terminating platforms to the Western side specifically for this project.

The core section of the Thameslink route is a single point of failure and events such as a broken down train block the entire line, not to mention problems to the north disrupting service as mentioned by others.

I've just travelled on this service today and most people disembarked at Blackfriars or City Thameslink, which is a couple of minutes walk away from Blackfriars.

This was a great opportunity to improve the reliability of the loop, and would have been more than worth the small price tag - a couple of minutes changing trains, or a short walk to City Thameslink.
A false victory. Billions of pounds were spent at Blackfriars moving the terminating platforms to the Western side specifically for this project. The core section of the Thameslink route is a single point of failure and events such as a broken down train block the entire line, not to mention problems to the north disrupting service as mentioned by others. I've just travelled on this service today and most people disembarked at Blackfriars or City Thameslink, which is a couple of minutes walk away from Blackfriars. This was a great opportunity to improve the reliability of the loop, and would have been more than worth the small price tag - a couple of minutes changing trains, or a short walk to City Thameslink. Mattforest
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9:31am Wed 23 Jan 13

sfocata says...

I think the "anti" people have a good point. If services through Sutton are mostly affected by incidents north of London, this could be a very expensive mistake. It's great that there are services to KX/StP and Blackfriars/City, and Wimbledon really should be as well served as Croydon (in terms of opening Sutton to the wider network possibilities). But Luton? Harpenden?
I think the "anti" people have a good point. If services through Sutton are mostly affected by incidents north of London, this could be a very expensive mistake. It's great that there are services to KX/StP and Blackfriars/City, and Wimbledon really should be as well served as Croydon (in terms of opening Sutton to the wider network possibilities). But Luton? Harpenden? sfocata
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6:35pm Wed 13 Feb 13

andy_c says...

Wires down at Radlett - 30 miles away from Wimbledon - yet the FCC Sutton/Wimbledon loop trains are all cancelled. Still think it was a good idea to keep the Loop trains through London?
Wires down at Radlett - 30 miles away from Wimbledon - yet the FCC Sutton/Wimbledon loop trains are all cancelled. Still think it was a good idea to keep the Loop trains through London? andy_c
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