Mayor bids to take on Brockley trains

Earlier this week, Ken Livingstone outlined his proposed transport strategy for a potential third term. Top of his agenda was taking the Southern Trains service for London under the wing of Transport for London. This would include the overland train service between Brockley and London Bridge / Charing X.

Supporters of the scheme believe that the plan would deliver a more integrated public transport service for South London, with the Mayor be able to specify the minimum services the operator would need to provide (particularly at off-peak times, when there is spare capacity on the network). Other potential benefits include the ability to increase investment on the London commuter lines. It could also improve the integration of fares, ticketing and marketing.

TfL has already funded additional services and infrastructure, including Southern's new CCTV system and control room.

Obviously Ken's ability to implement any of this is far from assured...

Meanwhile, the Lib Dems today agreed that MPs and London Assembly members should start actively lobbying to make the proposed East London Line extension to Clapham Junction a reality.

More stuff on trains (this time the Crofton Park ones) coming up, when we think you can all stomach any more articles about them.

15 comments:

patrick1971 said...

Whatever else you may think about Red Ken (I'm none to keen on his dalliances with the homophobic mad mullahs, myself), he's good for public transport. More power to his elbow in that direction.

patrick1971 said...

Oh, and more stuff about Crofton Park trains asap! I'm going to view a house there tomorrow night, so fingers crossed I'll be moving there soon.

spincat said...

Yes, please, roll on articles about Crofton Park trains. Thanks
Have taken my complaint about the 40% rise in zone 3 > zone 2 season ticket fares on that line furher, to London Travelwatch, no response as yet. Am hoping yor piece might be about that .... ?

violetnights said...

My geekery extends to reading up about disused tube/railway stations so I, bizarrely, find all these articles very interesting so bring on more!

Headhunter said...

I admit to being a fellow geek! I love reading about all those adandoned Tube stations in London and things like the proposal in the 1930s to run express Tube trains on the Northern Line route etc. Of course Brockers has its very own abandoned station - Brockley Lane.

Also love dredging through the web for sites which post photos of derelict buildings especially in London... There are some great sites out there. Oh dear, you probably all think I'm a complete wierdo now... Or perhaps you thought that before...

spincat said...

That junkshop with the giant chef figure on Lewisham Way/Loampit Hill is Brockley Lane isn't it? I think...

Monkeyboy said...

I sometimes get the chance to wonder around the abandoned parts of stations as part of my job. Marble Arch and Oxford Circus both have disused areas - there were lifts at OXO before the escalators went in..

Very creepy with a few tattered posters and tube mice for company.

Still, that's all in the past for me now I'm on the run.

Anonymous said...

spincat, no I think the "junkshop" or reclamation yard is on a site of a station called Lewisham Road, although its some way from the road of that name. The old Brockley Lane station was at Brockley Cross - also a junk shop but recently burned down and now fenced off. Aunty Kate

Monkeyboy said...

That reclamation yard is great for a look round - and great for bits 'n' bobs if your trying to find old fittings for your victorian terrace. I bought a cast iron letterbox there.

mljay said...

Looking fwd to comments on crofton park....

spincat said...

Abadoned railway lines have always fascinated me. You can see where the Crysal Palace High Level line once ran at Brenchley Gardens, Horniman, Sydenham Woods.

spincat said...

abandoned, that is

Anonymous said...

Some interesting links for you then:

http://www.abandonedstations.org.uk/
http://www.derelictlondon.com/

Anonymous said...

Brockley Nick - you tease.... still wondering what info you have on crofton park trains!

spincat said...

Yes, please. I'm expecting an update today from Travelwatch re a complaint that a number of Crofton Park residents have put in about strange fare discrepancies and large ticket rises from Crofton Park station, so will have some info soon too.

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