NAG’s May meeting is being replaced by the public meeting on trains held by Norwood Rail Users’ Group:
7.45pm, TUESDAY 9 May, 2006
South London Theatre, Norwood High Street
We decided at our last meeting to turn out in support of the public meeting which is aimed at getting across to decision-makers our desire for an improved Thameslink service (now First Capital Connect). We also want to hear from them what future service they envisage from Tulse Hill.
Speakers: Elaine Holt, managing director of First Capital Connect; Tessa Jowell, MP for Dulwich and West Norwood. Also invited: Network Rail.
Below is NRUG's information for the public meeting.
Minutes of NAG's April meeting will go out for our June meeting.
Norwood Rail Users’ Group (NRUG) has been pressing for better rail services at Tulse Hill, West Norwood and Gipsy Hill.
But Network Rail plans for what was originally called “Thameslink 2000” are likely to reduce the morning commuter service on Thameslink - now First Capital Connect.
This is because Thameslink 2000 would enable First Capital Connect to run many more trains from the home counties, via London Bridge, through Blackfriars. Under the projected timetable, Tulse Hill would lose its trains to and from Brighton and end up with a train every 15 minutes in the rush hour.
Whether or not Thameslink 2000 gets the go-ahead from ministers, NRUG is arguing for six trains an hour throughout the day – and especially in the rush hour. We say it would be a scandal to reduce our service.
The public meeting is your chance to tell our local MP, Tessa Jowell, and the new franchisee, First Group, what you think. You can hear what First Group plans for the new franchise and discuss other more immediate problems, such as frequent delays.
Venue: The South London Theatre is in a former fire station, just behind St Luke’s Church on Norwood High Street. It is about 20 yards from the bus stop for routes 2, 68, 196, 315, 322, 432 and 468.
Contact: Cameron Timmis, secretary, NRUG, 020 8670 5067; email@example.com