Date: 03/10/2008 Category: Integrated Transport
Medway Council has welcomed the news that Southeastern Trains has responded to its campaign to save peak-hour services from Medway to Cannon Street. The council mounted a high-profile campaign to prevent commuter services being axed to make way for new high-speed Javelin services into St Pancras from December 2009. Southeastern said in December 2005 that they would run four trains in peak periods on the service but has now agreed to keep it at the current level of six in each peak period. “This is great news and reflects a huge amount of campaigning by Medway Council and others to make Southeastern realise that what they were proposing would have had a huge impact on the travelling public,” said Cllr Phil Filmer, Porfolio Holder for Front Line Services at Medway Council. The council made the case for retaining the service at its current level during the consultation and mounted a campaign at stations across Medway to make sure commuters were aware of the threat to their journeys. Council representatives met local MPs to raise their concerns, held public meetings to raise awareness of the issues and staged a ‘wedge out day’ when commuters were encouraged to crowd onto the 7.36am from Rainham Station in order to show how difficult if would be if services were slashed.