With the support of Bob Stewart MP and neighbouring Ward Councillors, the Councillors for Hayes & Coney Hall Ward are calling on Southeastern Railways to reverse the decision to remove services to Cannon Street from the Hayes (Mid-Kent) line from the 11th December 2022.
In September, Southeastern published their new timetable to take effect from December which included a number of changes across the area. Unfortunately, these included the removal of the Cannon Street services, which is to reduce use of a busy junction near Lewisham so that more services can be provided elsewhere. However, Councillor Lee, Michael and Turrell are frustrated that Hayes and Coney Hall Ward residents are losing services with no acknowledgement of the inconvenience and no without consultation.
The Councillors have set up a petition calling on Southeastern to reverse the decision to remove the Cannon Street Service.
“These timetable changes are a real mixed bag of news. On one hand I am delighted the long-running campaign to restore the Blackfriars service has been successful but am disappointed in the removal of the Cannon Street trains. Many people have bought or rented homes to live on the line and to have that direct access to the City. Removing the link will have a ripple effect and lead to more crowded journeys on buses and other train services.”
Hayes & Coney Hall Councillor Thomas Turrell, who works in the City of London, added:
“Removing this service will cause huge changes to people’s journeys. This is a major change to the services provided locally and Southeastern should have held a public consultation on their plans so that the views of local rail users could be taken into account. That is why we are petitioning Southeastern to reverse this change, we encourage people to sign the petition to show Southeastern the strength of feeling on this.”
Sign the petition at BeckenhamConservatives.com/Save-Our-Trains.