Tom Brake’s campaign for train delay compensation…

I am pleased that Transport for London recently announced that it’s working with the Department for Transport to take joint control of London’s suburban rail network. This is something I have been calling for since 1998.

However, this still means we will have to wait until 2021 to see a real change in service. Why should commuters have to pay in both time and money for Southern and Thameslink´s incompetence?

That’s why I am calling on the Government to give commuters a fairer “delay repay” compensation scheme.

My proposed change would cut the threshold for delay compensation in half, with 50% compensation on offer for delays of 15-29 minutes and 100% compensation for journeys delayed by 30 minutes or more.

Add your name to the campaign here.

It just doesn’t make sense that commuters in Carshalton and Wallington only get some compensation after a 30 minute delay for a journey which often should take just 40 minutes.

Your sincerely,

Tom Brake MP

PS: Join my campaign for fairer compensation here.

Wallington Station Bridge Redecoration Completed

Wallington Station Bridge redecorated as seen on 19th February 2013

Wallington Station Bridge redecorated as seen on 19th February 2013

Wallington Station bridge has been given a lick of paint and with it a new lease of life.

Following a campaign by Wallington South ward councillors, Tom Brake MP and Supported by Wallington Residents Information, Network Rail has been forced to repaint a railway bridge. The Wallington Railway Bridge had been largely neglected for almost a decade, but a campaign was launched by local councillors called for Network Rail to improve it. Tom Brake said: “The bridge is an important landmark in the local area, but had been neglected for years. Thanks to our councillors, it is no longer an eyesore in the town.”The Liberal Democrat councillor for Wallington South Jayne McCoy said: “Thanks to the support of the community we have been able to convince Network Rail to improve the look of the bridge.”

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A photo taken by Cllr. Hamish Pollock on 19th February 2013 is shown.

Wallington Station Bridge Repainted

A photo taken on Valentine’s Day by Cllr. Hamish Pollock of the latest state of redecoration of the railway bridge at Wallington Station, Woodcote Road. 

We assume that the final colour is on the right – is it called “Lincoln green”? For many years this bridge has carried a red/orange-coloured advert on both sides for an Estate Agents that has faded away in the sunlight and thus made this prominent corner of Wallington town centre look just a little bit shabby! The redecoration works are taking place after a campaign by the local Lib Dem councillors for Wallington South.

Wallington Station Bridge as viewed on 14th February 2013

Wallington Station Bridge as viewed on 14th February 2013

Wallington Station Railway Bridge to be painted soon

The railway bridge at Wallington Station will be repainted in January after a campaign by local Lib Dem Councillors. In order for the work to be carried out safely the council needs to introduce a temporary way for traffic and pedestrians to move under the railway bridge at the junction with Manor Road and Woodcote Road.

Wallington Station Railway Bridge to be redecorated soon!

The Temporary Traffic Management Order will come into effect on Monday 14 January 2013 with works taking place at night between the hours of 10.00 p.m. and 5.00 a.m. It is expected that the works will be finished by 25 February 2013.  However, the Order will remain in force for 18 months to be re-introduced should further works be required.
When the works are taking place and the appropriate traffic signs are displayed the Order will close certain lengths of pavements in Manor Road and Woodcote Road on the approach to the bridge. The pavements will only be closed one side at a time depending on which side of the bridge is being worked on.

London Mayor hikes up fares and bike hire charges

Last week many people’s attention was being devoted to the US Presidential result the Mayor of London decided to release details of fares rises for 2013, a decision described by Lib Dem GLA member Caroline Pidgeon as an attempt to “bury bad news”. 
Despite being granted a £96 million grant from central Government to keep fares down the overall fare rise is 4.2 per cent, including a 5 pence increase on an Oyster pay as you go bus fare and a 10 pence increase in single Zone 1 pay as you go fare on the tube.  A Zone 1- 6 singe fare will increase by 20 pence during peak times.
In addition to the fare rises the Mayor has also hiked up the costs of using the bike hire scheme.  From January, 24 hour access will increase from £1 to £2 and weekly access from £5 to £10.  Yearly membership is also being doubled increasing from £45 to £90.
Full details of all the fare increases, covering every zone and all forms of transport, can be seen here.

Wallington Station Platform Extension Work

Good news!  Network Rail have commenced platform lengthening work at Wallington station.  This is to allow 10-car trains to stop at the station from 2013.  Currently only 7 car trains can be accessed from the platforms with passengers having to walk along inside the train carriages if they are in the 8th car and wish to alight!  Many Carshalton Central residents of course use Wallington Station.  Indeed Wallington Station was once known as Carshalton Station!

Wallington Station before the platform extension works started

A new cycle parking shelter has also recently been installed on the north side of the station near the car park entrance, which is part of Southern’s travel plan and franchise commitment.