“CONTINUING CHAOS AT LONDON BRIDGE EMBARRASSING” – VAL SHAWCROSS / CUSTOMER ADVICE FROM TfL / IAM CALLS FOR TRAFFIC EDUCATION TO BECOME PART OF NATIONAL CURRICULUM
“CONTINUING CHAOS AT LONDON BRIDGE EMBARRASSING” – VAL SHAWCROSS
Commenting on the recent chaos at London Bridge station, London Assembly Labour group transport spokeswoman Val Shawcross said: “Commuters in south London have had to put up with months of chaos on routes into London Bridge which has really come to a head in recent days.
“We were promised improvements to the reliability of the service and station operation in the new year but if anything its getting worse.
“The continuing chaos at London Bridge is frankly embarrassing. “It’s not just delays but the lack of organisation and crowd management in the station is making the experience for passengers unbearable.
“Network Rail and Southern Rail need to pull their finger out and get these problems fixed. “Until we see some real action to get to grips with these problems commuters will continue to suffer.”
In a second press release dated January 12th on that morning’s continuing travel chaos at London Bridge Val Shawcross, who is Labour London Assembly member for Lambeth and Southwark, added:
“Last week’s scenes at London Bridge should have been a clear wakeup call for Network Rail.
“Despite those warnings many commuters have faced yet more disruption on their commute to work this morning.
“During peak hours alone Southern Railway reported 25 instances of either delayed or disrupted train services into London Bridge, wreaking havoc with passengers’ first commute of the week.
“Commuters have faced daily confusion, cuts to services and dangerous overcrowding as a result of the bad management of train services during London Bridge rebuilding works.
“Whist the station rebuild is vitally important to London’s transport future, there can be no excuses for Network Rail and Southern Railway’s disastrous management of this process.
“We understand that during this period Network Rail and Southern Railway must deliver a reduced service, but we were given assurances that they could deliver on the trimmed timetable. This week will be a test to see whether that is true.
“Coming only a week after fares rose by another 2.5 per cent the Department for Transport should really consider whether it is right to be asking regular commuters into London Bridge to pay more for a rapidly deteriorating service.” (Source: GLA Labour party press releases).
CUSTOMER ADVICE FROM TfL
Transport for London (TfL) is reminding customers that long term National Rail service changes being undertaken by Network Rail at London Bridge mainline station are likely to result in busier than usual services, on certain parts of the transport network, as some customers who usually travel directly to London Bridge by rail use TfL services instead.
From 12 January 2015 until August 2016, major Network Rail modernisation work will take place at London Bridge station and Southeastern rail services to and from Charing Cross will not call at London Bridge.
Southeastern services from New Cross, St. Johns, Deptford, Greenwich, Maze Hill and Westcombe Park stations will no longer operate to and from London Charing Cross or Waterloo East, and will instead operate to and from London Cannon Street. No Bedford to Brighton Thameslink trains will call at London Bridge station until January 2018.
London Bridge Underground station will operate as normal throughout all the work. The Jubilee line at London Bridge, and other stations including Blackfriars,
Cannon Street, Charing Cross, Embankment, Elephant and Castle, Southwark, Victoria and Waterloo are likely to be busier than usual due to diverted National Rail passengers.
Parts of the London Overground network, especially Canada Water, Brockley and New Cross, the DLR and some bus services are also likely to be busier.
Customers who have flexibility in their journey times are advised to avoid peak times at Canada Water if they can.
Extra station and bus staff are being deployed to offer additional customers assistance, and dozens of extra services on the bus network are being provided, including:
Cannon Street mainline and Tube station will open seven days a week with extended hours to accommodate additional rail passengers.
Network Rail passengers who have a London Terminals season ticket may need to update their ticket to ensure it is valid for travel on the TfL network. For more information on updating tickets customers are being advised to speak to staff at any National Rail ticket office, or visit: www.ThameslinkProgramme.co.uk/key-dates-and-service-changes/january-2015/
Mike Brown, managing director of London Underground, said: “During Network Rail’s modernisation work at London Bridge rail station, several London Underground and London Overground stations are likely to be busier than usual.
“We are accepting tickets at key stations from passengers whose journeys to London Bridge are affected, and deploying extra staff to assist customers and putting on dozens of extra bus services out of London Bridge and Waterloo.
“We will continue to keep all our customers informed with regular travel information via our staff, website and social media. “As always, if you have the flexibility to do so, please think about timing your journey outside the busiest times.” (Source: TfL press release.)
IAM CALLS FOR TRAFFIC EDUCATION TO BECOME PART OF NATIONAL CURRICULUM
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has called for traffic education to become an integral part of the National Curriculum, in an effort to cut the numbers of young people killed and injured on UK roads.
The call ties in with a survey by the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) which found only eight of 15 European countries had mandatory traffic education in schools.
Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Italy, Spain and Latvia all operate mandatory traffic education programmes.
Meanwhile Austria, Bulgaria, Finland, France, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and the UK have voluntary programmes to teach children about road safety.
The IAM’s road safety manifesto) has ‘reducing young driver risk’ as one of its central aims and the first part of that calls for road safety education to be part of the curriculum.
Neil Greig, IAM director of policy and research, said: “Unless it’s part of the curriculum, it won’t become part of a young person’s thinking and educators won’t be obliged to teach it.
“Other countries have teaching on road safety as part of primary and secondary education, so why should we not have it too?
“Some countries in Europe have very structured and well organised programmes aimed at young people through their time in education.
“With ambitious targets being set on reducing the numbers of young people killed and injured on our roads, we believe having road safety education as part of the National Curriculum is a sure way to achieving those aims.” (Source: IAM press release.)