24 January 2013

Campaigners declare victory as rail services from Loughborough Junction to St Pancras and beyond saved

Campaigners have welcomed the announcement by the Government that trains from Loughborough Junction station on Coldharbour Lane will continue to serve Farringdon, St Pancras, West Hampstead and other stations North of London on the Thameslink line.

Diagram of Thameslink Wimbledon Loop railway

Network Rail announced in summer 2008 that services on the so called Wimbledon loop line, which serves Herne Hill, Tulse Hill and Streatham as well as Loughborough Junction,  were to terminate at Blackfriars following the redevelopment of the station.

This move would have inconvenienced local Vassall Ward residents, many of whom catch the train from Loughborough Junction to travel to work in the city and to the North of London. Following the announcement a cross-party campaign developed to oppose the proposal supported by Lambeth Labour MPs, Lambeth Councillors, the Lambeth and Southwark London Assembly Member Valerie Shawcross and many others from across South London. More than 2,000 letters were submitted to Network Rail opposing the proposal. As a result of pressure from local people Network Rail have had a change of heart and so the train services are safeguarded.