Streatham Passenger Group and Passenger Benefit Fund
The Government and Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) have listed to passengers and Streatham Action Transport (SAT). They know how badly impacted passengers were by the May 2018 timetable changes, and the Secretary of State for Transport has announced that GTR will contribute £15m towards a Passenger Benefit Fund.
Southern Rail is allocating funds for improvement to or around those stations worst affected. For our stations, the sums are: Streatham: £80,000, Streatham Common, £30,000, and Streatham Hill: £30,000. The rules for allocating funds allow the cash to be pooled towards a project at the stations deemed the greatest priority by all Streatham station users, but only if regular users of the other two Streatham stations agree it to be the best use of the money.
We have long been lobbying for step-free access at Streatham station - Streatham Common and Streatham Hill are already accessible. It may be most beneficial for Streatham if we seek to pool the £140,000 and request that it is allocated towards this long-awaited Network Rail project.
SAT is launching a Streatham Passenger Group comprising 3 representatives from each station and 2 from SAT. The Group will be a link between GTR as overall train operator for both Southern and Thameslink, and regular train users.
Please email [email protected] by 31st July with your views about:
- A project for your regular station, or
- whether monies should be pooled towards step-free access at Streatham station?
Are you willing to be a representative on the new Streatham Passenger Group? Find more info at https://streathamaction.org.uk/content/streatham-passenger-group-and-passenger-benefit-fund
Neil Salt, Chair, Streatham Action Transport