Many will recall our Association (CCARA) launched a campaign to save the rail service from Beckenham Junction to Blackfriars and beyond back in 2014. The campaign was successful and we kept the service as far as Blackfriars when Southeastern took it over from Thameslink.
It seems as though the future of the rail service from Beckenham Junction to Blackfriars is as risk again. The service is not currently running under the COVID timetable. Concerned that the service may never be reinstated we followed up and have been advised the following by Southeastern.
“In the case of Beckenham Junction to Blackfriars, we will not be reinstating direct services in the short-term while usage of these services is very low and the usage of the line by other services will be returning to higher levels. This is to ensure the resilience of our ramped-up service and minimise the risk of any impacts on reliability as services are increased once more. However, this is not to say the direct services will not be returning in the longer term. We are keeping this situation under constant review, owing to the very fluid circumstances we are facing, and it is our intention to return to a full timetable as soon as possible.”
This is not reassuring! If you want this service to be reinstated sign this petition. We need to let Southeastern know how important this service is to local people before they make a decision about its future.