Wimbledon Loop rail route safeguarded

A south London rail service which had been under threat from the Thameslink plan has been safeguarded.

Wimbledon Loop passengers going to central London had been told they would need to change at Blackfriars Station when the £6bn Thameslink scheme is completed in 2018.

But under pressure from users the route has now been saved.

Wimbledon Loop serves Merton, Morden, Sutton, Carshalton, Mitcham, Streatham and Tulse Hill stations.

'Vital service'

Currently, four trains run every hour from Wimbledon Loop stations through to St Pancras International and beyond.

Under the new proposals eight Thameslink trains will run per hour via Elephant & Castle, including the four Wimbledon Loop trains.

Rail Minister Simon Burns said: "The Wimbledon Loop provides a vital service for thousands of Londoners every day, and we have worked hard to safeguard its future after listening to the concerns of local people and stakeholders.

"The Thameslink Programme is having a huge impact on improving rail services across London and beyond, but the Department of Transport was always concerned that the initial proposals for this route were not quite right."

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