MP Tom Brake pushes Southern rail on train problems

Sutton Guardian: Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake

Angry commuters will be pleased to hear a politician is pushing for action on unreliable trains.

Tom Brake, MP for Carshalton and Wallington, has raised concerns with Southern railway about the rise in travel disruption which has affected thousands of commuters in Sutton.

Mr Brake has received multiple complaints from his constituents and said: “As a regular commuter, who uses trains both to Victoria and London Bridge, I know how frustrating it is when delays or cancellations occur.

“I’ve recently met with Southern and emphasised the need to improve reliability, particularly at rush hour.

“Southern admitted that their service over recent months has not been as good as it should be and assured me that improving reliability and punctuality is their top priority.

“I followed up this meeting with one with Network Rail which is often the cause of delays on the network.”

Mr Brake discussed issues affecting Southern services including problems with new trains, the redevelopment of London Bridge station.

Southern said they had taken steps to address some of the problems, making the loading of passengers more efficient and recruiting 50 staff well versed in local travel information. Existing staff will also receive training to improve their local travel knowledge.

Mr Brake also raised the issue of a new entrance at Hackbridge station which is expected to be operational in three weeks.

Tom added: “During the meeting, I also raised a number of issues regarding local stations, which Southern said they would look into. This included the opening of the new accessible entrance at Hackbridge station.”

To contact Mr Brake about travel problems email info@tombrake.co.uk
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2:42pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Binsanity says...

Tom Brake this Tom Brake that, give US a brake. No pun intended.
Tom Brake this Tom Brake that, give US a brake. No pun intended. Binsanity
  • Score: 6

3:23pm Sun 26 Jan 14

LBSresident says...

Third story on Mr Brake in two days? Aren't we having overload, Sutton Guardian? Anyone would think local elections were coming up...
Third story on Mr Brake in two days? Aren't we having overload, Sutton Guardian? Anyone would think local elections were coming up... LBSresident
  • Score: 5

4:20am Mon 27 Jan 14

gbzgc says...

It is always Tom Brake pushes for this, Tom Brake to raise that etc blah blah blah. My question is, what has he actually ever achieved as our MP? Even now as a fundamental part of the government, St Helier is still at risk, trains don't run, night buses are removed.
I can only think that either people don't listen to him or there is more hot air than action.
Why cant we have an MP with influence?
It is always Tom Brake pushes for this, Tom Brake to raise that etc blah blah blah. My question is, what has he actually ever achieved as our MP? Even now as a fundamental part of the government, St Helier is still at risk, trains don't run, night buses are removed. I can only think that either people don't listen to him or there is more hot air than action. Why cant we have an MP with influence? gbzgc
  • Score: 7

10:30am Mon 27 Jan 14

Mr Flange of Wallington says...

ANOTHER FLAGRANT ATTEMPT TO GET YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS.

Come on Guardian, how many time do you need to publicise it?
ANOTHER FLAGRANT ATTEMPT TO GET YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS. Come on Guardian, how many time do you need to publicise it? Mr Flange of Wallington
  • Score: 4

1:36pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Giles C says...

Tom Fake you mean...
What a fraud who only cares about getting your personal details...
This technique having been honed from the Lord Rennard book of campaiging techniques...
Tom Fake you mean... What a fraud who only cares about getting your personal details... This technique having been honed from the Lord Rennard book of campaiging techniques... Giles C
  • Score: 2

8:43pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Niki R says...

Meanwhile he has not asked a single question in the House about St Helier hospital, has backed every appalling piece of Tory legislation that has seen our NHS, Royal Mail and probation service sold off to private interests, backs a clause coming before Parliament that could see our hospital services closed without consultation, supports the Bedroom Tax, co- wrote the Gagging Bill which has been described by peers as "a dog's breakfast" and which has charities and campaign groups up in arms, has voted against an investigation into the escalating demand for foodbanks, helped triple tuition fees and scrap EMA, voted to go to war in Syria and backs cuts to the benefits received by working single parents, disabled and sick people. Yet the Sutton Guardian chooses only to publicise his concerns about late trains. It's about time our local paper grew a pair and challenged this appalling MP on his betrayals of local people who voted for him to "keep the Tories out."

Remember this in 2015- vote Tom, get Tory.
Meanwhile he has not asked a single question in the House about St Helier hospital, has backed every appalling piece of Tory legislation that has seen our NHS, Royal Mail and probation service sold off to private interests, backs a clause coming before Parliament that could see our hospital services closed without consultation, supports the Bedroom Tax, co- wrote the Gagging Bill which has been described by peers as "a dog's breakfast" and which has charities and campaign groups up in arms, has voted against an investigation into the escalating demand for foodbanks, helped triple tuition fees and scrap EMA, voted to go to war in Syria and backs cuts to the benefits received by working single parents, disabled and sick people. Yet the Sutton Guardian chooses only to publicise his concerns about late trains. It's about time our local paper grew a pair and challenged this appalling MP on his betrayals of local people who voted for him to "keep the Tories out." Remember this in 2015- vote Tom, get Tory. Niki R
  • Score: 4

11:44am Wed 29 Jan 14

Bonnie Craven says...

Vote Tom, get Tory. Ain't that the truth!

This man is a disgrace. We pay his wages and he was elected to represent us. His actions in no way represent the will of his constituents. People need to remember what he and his Party have done to harm all of us in May 2014 and May 2015. He has sold us all out for a sniff of power and a shiny car. He is complicit in the threat to St Helier Hospital (his buddy Bursow co-wrote the legislation that threatens the whole of our NHS, which Brake has voted for), and he co-wrote the pernicious Gagging Bill which is the most undemocratic move by any UK government. In no way does he represent the views and wishes of the good people of Sutton, Carshalton or Wallington. And remember, his Party activists and representatives support him. Time for a clean sweep to free us from Lib Dem tyranny.

Can we prosecute the Liberal Democrats under the Trades Description Act?
Vote Tom, get Tory. Ain't that the truth! This man is a disgrace. We pay his wages and he was elected to represent us. His actions in no way represent the will of his constituents. People need to remember what he and his Party have done to harm all of us in May 2014 and May 2015. He has sold us all out for a sniff of power and a shiny car. He is complicit in the threat to St Helier Hospital (his buddy Bursow co-wrote the legislation that threatens the whole of our NHS, which Brake has voted for), and he co-wrote the pernicious Gagging Bill which is the most undemocratic move by any UK government. In no way does he represent the views and wishes of the good people of Sutton, Carshalton or Wallington. And remember, his Party activists and representatives support him. Time for a clean sweep to free us from Lib Dem tyranny. Can we prosecute the Liberal Democrats under the Trades Description Act? Bonnie Craven
  • Score: 1

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