Local MP calls for ‘final push’ in community battle for Thameslink

Chuka Umunna has appealed to the community to join him in the closing stage of the long-running battle to convince the Liberal Democrat Conservative government to save local Thameslink services that run from Streatham and Tulse Hill.

The MP appealed to local residents to respond to the Liberal Democrat and Conservative government’s consultation on the future of Thameslink services, which has six weeks left to run, and appealed for as many people as possible to urge the Liberal Democrat and Conservative government to accept the need to retain Thameslink services between Streatham, Tulse Hill and the City of London, King’s Cross, and Luton Airport.

The consultation is an important step in a long-running campaign by the MP to preserve the local areas transport links. Prior to becoming the MP for the local area, Mr Umunna had set up the Save Our South West London Thameslink Services campaign and Facebook group to protest against proposals.

Since becoming MP for the constituency, which includes both Streatham and Tule Hill Stations, Mr Umunna asked a series of Parliamentary questions and pressed Transport Minister Theresa Villiers about the issue, resulting in the Conservative-Liberal Democrat government confirming that a consultation would be carried out.

The consultation will end on August 23rd and Mr Umunna appealed to as many local residents as possible to respond, saying the current plans of the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives are unacceptable.

Commenting, Chuka Umunna MP said:

“I am appealing to as many members of the community as possible to respond to the government’s consultation on this issue. It is essential that we all act together to retain the links between Streatham, the City and North London. It is incredibly important for the convenience of everyone living here, as well as our local economy and the job prospects for local residents.

“I know that many local people are already engaged in this important campaign, but every extra person who responds to the consultation creates extra pressure on the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives to act. With one final push I hope we can convince the Liberal Democrat and Conservative government to stop this nonsensical proposal.”