Southeastern Trains announcement hailed as being “great news” for the borough

Published Thursday, 29 June 2017

The news that Southeastern are planning to adopt and increase peak train frequency on the Beckenham Junction to Blackfriars service is being welcomed as great news for the borough.

The proposal is contained within the draft Southeastern timetable for May 2018, with the current operator, GTR, no longer operating these services as part of the culmination of the Thameslink upgrade programme in 2018. The news will be of particular interest to the borough’s commuters living in Beckenham, Kent House and Penge East.  

The news follows strong representations from the council on behalf of local residents, Bob Stewart MP and the London Assembly Member Gareth Bacon as well as many naturally concerned residents.  

“Commuting residents know just how vital frequent and reliable train services are and this Southeastern proposal is very positive news indeed. Top marks to them.  I am delighted for all concerned that they have been able to take over the service and increase the frequency of peak hour trains between Beckenham Junction to Blackfriars, which will obviously improve travelling conditions for all of those who use the line as well” said Councillor Colin Smith, Executive Councillor for Environment.  

Councillor Smith continued, “It is strategically essential to maintain strong and reliable connections between Central London and Beckenham and indeed across the borough more widely. Such connectivity also serves to underpin what a great place Bromley is to live, work and relax in.” 

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