Originally published on Teresa's website here.
Teresa Pearce has today slammed the flawed Department for Transport consultation on the future of the South East Rail Franchise.
The public consultation document – ‘Shaping the Future – March 2017’ sets out the existing service, the challenges facing the South Eastern Service and future proposals regarding South Eastern rail network.
The consultation document detailed the likely increase in population in South-East London and the impact upon rail services. However the number of new homes considered is significantly underestimated at 36,000.
Teresa wrote to the Department for Transport for clarification regarding this figure, who acknowledged that the figure was too low and that the correct figure is around 68,400. The consultation documents have not been changed to reflect the admission of this error.
Speaking about the flawed consultation, Teresa said:
The consultation document also makes a proposal to limit the choice of central London destinations for rail users, so that trains on some lines would only go to one central London station, such as Cannon Street.
Speaking about the proposal for trains terminate, Teresa said: