Chiltern Services to Sudbury Stations

Meeting: 
MQT on 2012-07-04
Session date: 
July 4, 2012
Reference: 
2012/2171
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Suburban rail services on the Chiltern line out of Marylebone are among the least frequent in London, and Sudbury & Harrow Road in my constituency is the worst-served station in the whole of London with just nine trains daily, Monday-Friday only. Suburban users have not benefited at all from the recent route upgrade, and TfL's suggestions for service improvements in the December timetable change have all been rejected. What will you do to try and improve this unacceptable situation, including opening discussions with Chiltern about possible TfL funding assistance?

Answer

Answer for Chiltern Services to Sudbury Stations

Answer for Chiltern Services to Sudbury Stations

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

Written response received 27 July 2012.

I am frustrated that, despite the efforts of TfL and other stakeholders, services at the stations in London on the Chiltern route via Sudbury & Harrow Road have not improved. Service frequencies at most stations are in fact getting worse despite the route upgrade.

TfL, London TravelWatch and local boroughs recently called a meeting with the DfT, which is responsible for the franchise, to call for it to intervene. DfT officials said they would discuss the concerns with Chiltern Railways, and we await the outcome. As I said in my response to MQ 1828/2012 I will also be writing to Chiltern Railways myself on this issue. You may wish to make your own representations on behalf of your constituents.