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Government to take over Southeastern Rail Services from 17th October

Andrew, Alexa and Thomas at Hayes Station

The Government have announced that as of the 17th October 2021 the Department of Transport’s “Operator of Last Resort” (OLR) will take over the management of the London Southeastern Franchise. Both Southeastern and the Government have said that tickets and services will be unaffected by this change.

Southeastern currently operate services on both the Hayes line and some services, such as the service into London Victoria from Bromley South. The decision to remove the operator followed a Department for Transport (DfT) investigation which identified £25 million of taxpayers’ money had not been reported or repaid since 2014.  While the money has now been recovered, the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, has taken firm action in stripping London Southeastern of the franchise.  The OLR will take over and prioritise the punctual running of services, also preparing for the Government’s wide-ranging reforms to railway operations in Great Britain. 

Commuter and 2022 Conservative candidate for Hayes & Coney Hall, Thomas Turrell, commented:

Many commuters like myself have long felt let down by London Southeastern railways. To be frank the service has just not been good enough so a new operator with a renewed focus on improving the service is good news for local rail users. Along with my fellow local Conservatives we will be continuing to push for the restoration of pre-pandemic services as soon as possible and hope the new operator will achieve this quicker than Southeastern were prepared”.

Conservative run Bromley Council Wins National Award for Care and Health

The Executive Portfolio Holder for Adult Care and Health, Councillor Diane Smith, has paid tribute to staff working at Bromley Council after winning a National award for Care Services and Health in Bromley at the highly regarded  MJ Achievements Awards on Friday 17th September 2021.

The London Borough of Bromley won the ‘Health and Care Integration Award’ for two initiatives developed in the Borough: the first being the improved way residents are discharged from hospital with the appropriate care in place to support their recovery, whilst the second related to the extended support given to care homes across the Borough during the Covid 19 pandemic.

The local initiatives were introduced by the ‘OneBromley’ partnership which comprises of Bromley Council, Local NHS providers, Commissioners, and the Voluntary Sector, and which seeks to bring these groups together to collaborate and deliver more effective and joined up services for local people.

As part of this partnership, the first initiative established a single point of access’ (SPA) , hosted by Bromley Healthcare. The SPA   brings together services to help to ensure arrangements for timely hospital discharge and the provision of appropriate support and care packages to help residents to recover and regain their independence. 

Bromley has one of the highest populations of older residents in London, so the second project – the ‘Integrated Care Home Support Programme’ – aimed to get the best support to the Boroughs 53 care homes during the pandemic. This saw a multi-agency professional network established to provide proactive support to the Boroughs Care Homes to prevent the spread and impact of Covid-19 through Care Homes locally.

Councillor Diane Smith, Portfolio Holder for Adult Care and Health said:

“I am absolutely delighted and so incredibly proud of everyone across the Borough who has been involved with these two projects.

These have been very challenging and unprecedented times. The incredible staff here at Bromley Council who have alongside our local Health and Care partners worked so hard on the front line to make sure we had an effective response to ensuring   timely hospital discharge, support to our care homes and effective joined up services which could react quickly to the emerging pandemic, quite rightly need to be applauded. 

I am therefore thrilled that the work and commitment that was made by staff across the partnership to ensure the best for Bromley residents has been fully recognised with this National award. 

Looking ahead we will continue to bring together and work more closely with health and care service providers and the voluntary sector to deliver better and more effective care for our residents.”