Sarah Olney MP has secured an important debate in Parliament about South Western Railway's (SWR) proposed cuts to local rail services
As the Lib Dem MP for Richmond Park and Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson for Transport, Sarah is well aware of how much SWR services are relied upon by residents across Kingston, whether to commute to work or travel by rail.
At a time when we should be encouraging more people onto the railways, Liberal Democrats across the SWR network, including here in Kingston, are appalled by the Department of Transport’s insistence on reducing services as a cost cutting measure. There is no reason why demand on our rail services shouldn't return to pre-Covid levels by 2023.
The severe impact locally from SWR's proposed cuts to rail services:
- Kingston and Norbiton will see peak morning services (via Wimbledon) cut by 33%
- Motspur Park will see peak morning services cut by 25% and off-peak services cut by 33%, and
- Worcester Park will see peak morning services cut by 33% and off-peak services cut by 50%
Over 2,000 local residents have now backed the Kingston Lib Dem petition calling for SWR to reconsider their plans.
Sarah Olney MP said, "I'm proud to have secured a vital debate in Parliament to raise with the Government the devastating effect these cuts have on people in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. As we rebuild from the Covid-19 pandemic and do our bit to tackle the climate emergency, SWR and the Department for Transport should be adding further capacity to our railways, not cutting services as a cost saving measure."
The debate will take place this Friday at 2.30pm. It will be streamed on Parliament Live and the transcript will be published online shortly afterwards.