Southern Railway - Meet the Manager

Michael Abraham of the Forest Hill Society, which has been a key driver in the campaign against the planned cuts to Southern services for South London writes:

The next Meet the Manager session with Southern Railway is on Thursday 15th October at London Bridge - 0730-0930. Please take a few minutes out of your morning commute to speak to the managers from Southern Railway.

* Ask them why it is Southern customers that must suffer for the rearranged late evening services? Why were South Eastern able to keep all their services to Charing Cross (without adding any additional services)

* Let them know the effect the cuts to off-peak and evening peak services will make to your journey.

* Ask them why 6 trains per hour are needed in the morning and only 4 are needed to go home in the evening

* Ask them why there appears to be a coordinated effort to cut South London train services (Brockley Line, South London Loop, and Bellingham to Victoria), and what this says about their commitment to running passenger services for South Londoners

We hope that as many people as possible can show their concern about these plans.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I would advise anyone who wants to have a constructive conserversation around the above issues to not phrase them in the confrontative, agressive and loaded manner as suggested by the correspoondent above.

Monkeyboy said...

Aggressive? They are in a position of leadership, no reason why they shouldn't be challenged on their plans. Believe me, LU mangers get tough questions when they go to the board for more money or if they propose line closures to progress work. I'm sure Network Rail mangers can handle it.

They're grown ups, and should be treated as such. Nothing personal, it's just business as Don Corleone used to say.

Monkeyboy said...

manger? wish I could spell...

Barry said...

Would not Victoria to Bellingham be a Southeastern service by the way?

Tamsin said...

South Eastern and Southern are owned by the same parent company which is why it is such a nonsense for Southern to say "Oh, the cuts have to go through because of the franchise requirements that South-Eastern have already agreed" (or is it vice versa...)

@MB My daughter was once given some Christmas music to prepare, all carefully spell-checked with presumably the automatic suggestions accepted, which included the carol "Away in a Manager"

The Oracle said...

In defence of Michael Abraham.
There is not one jot of aggression in your questions. The problem lies with the fragile personality of the reader 'anon' (of the many). Much luck with your campaign. I shall endeavour to do my bit.
On another note... could the persons (or persons) who stole all the materials from the Talbot please return them in order that your community receives a great pub (at last) this side of Christmas.

Anonymous said...

This story has made front page of the Mercury.

Matt-Z said...

Is the headline "Bloggers At War Over Tone Of Voice"?

Andy Endwell said...

I must get off my spotty rear and attend one of these "Meet the Monkey" events. I work at Shakespeares Globe and like most of the rest of you travel to London Bridge - as I alight there every morning and stumble through the platform congestion, I listen to the hidious litany of unpleasant, patronising and largely unnecessary anouncements and I wonder to myself is this what it was like on arrival at Auschwitz??

mg said...

@Andy. Yes, that's exactly what it was like. Good grief.

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