15 May 2009
The secret deal between the Labour Government and London's Tory Mayor to close the South London Line, which runs between Victoria and London Bridge via Battersea Park, Wandsworth Rd, Clapham High Street, Denmark Hill, Peckham Rye, Queens Rd Peckham and South Bermondsey, is a disgrace.
The South London Line is a vital link for people in inner South London to neighbouring suburbs and to central London. It also serves three of London's major hospitals - King’s and the Maudsley at Denmark Hill and Guy’s at London Bridge.
Everyone agrees that South London needs more not less public transport, which makes this decision totally indefensible. The Greens will be campaigning hard to reverse this decision, but also for other improvements to public transport in South London.
The decision to close the line is another example of how South London is taken for granted by Labour on the one hand and is of no strategic value to the Conservatives on the other.
The residents of Southwark deserve better from both of them.
Councillor Jenny Jones AM, Green Party, South Camberwell ward.
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