Overground closures

Hi guys, does anyone know why there seemed to have been no overground trains any weekend in August, only 1 weekend in September, and only about 2 weekends between now and December? Does anyone know when this might end and is there a way to complain? :frowning:

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Hi @Soph and welcome to the forum. There have been a few discussions about this recently. See topics tagged “trains” (click here: #trains).

It’s so unbelievably frustrating.

Making things even worse, it coincides with Southern providing next to no service - even if you are prepared to more than double the cost of your journey by going via zone 1 and then transferring onto the underground.

Good luck complaining :grimacing:

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It would be slightly better if they could explain why and give an end date but at the moment it just feels like it’s never ending and it’s so frustrating as you say

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It took me over 90 minutes to get home from my job in Central london this evening because of this- (remarkably only just over an hour to get in this morning)
Deeply depressing after a long day at work waiting in the dark and drizzle to get on a rail replacement bus then get stuck in traffic.
It actually puts a downer on living here-the fact that our connections to W1 are the worst they’ve ever been.

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That sounds really tough and I’m really sorry to hear that. I completely know what you mean. It really makes everything so much harder. I’ve emailed our MP and network rail but I’m really not expecting to hear anything back

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Hi again.
Is that Ellie Reeves? I’ll also contact her about the train situation.


I’ve emailed Lewisham council about it and not had a reply as yet.
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So sorry hear - what a nightmare. Especially now the nights are pulling in and it’s getting quite a bit colder.

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I actually emailed our MP months ago about the transport here and Southern rail (about axing the Victoria service) and never got a response from the MP.
I hope you do better!
My particular bugbear is that I believe it was suggested that the Southern service would be reinstated to Charing X like I believe it used to before we moved here (we moved here in2011 and far from doing this they’ve now axed the Victoria Service which was handy as an option to get to Central and West london.
I just spoke to my colleague who lives in Eastbourne and she got home only 15 minutes after I did this evening !
Plus this as we all know will continue for most of the year.
Its almost as if they assume that everyone on our stretch of the line just stays locally at the Weekend.
Not to mention the paucity of trains after 10pm (this was prior to the current curfew)

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It definitely used to when we moved here in 2005 - it was brilliant. I can’t remember now why it was stopped.

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I’ll see if I get a response from our MP. Surely they can’t just ignore the situation if a number of people complain.

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Ha the council only come alive when landlords or new builds something similar bring in money anything else is petty issues and boring… Sorry… I believe so many important issues are being over looked or ignored? The cracks are showing more and more it’s like meh!!
Only a few will shout about it and if it ain’t broke has the saying goes but silliness brakes it so baffled about so many things it’s purposely meant to cause confusion And so fourth boredom sets into quickly for some :roll_eyes:

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Oh dear, well it can’t hurt to complain and surely the more who do, the better chance of some action. Fingers crossed!

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I really do hope!!

I so wish I could be more upbeat about the council like I used to many let downs and lack of confidence. I just pay them taxes :woman_facepalming:t2:

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I have emailed Ellie Reeves.

You need to include your address (and contact number) in order to get a reply as MPs can only deal with their own constituents.

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Thanks for the info :+1::+1:

I have received the following reply from Ellie Reeves, our MP:-

"Many thanks for contacting Ellie regarding the lack of Overground services from Forest Hill at weekends. I am responding on her behalf as a member of her casework team.

We have written to Transport for London on your behalf to highlight your concerns about the frequency of weekend services.

We will of course let you know as soon as we receive a response.

With best wishes,

Juliet

Caseworker to Ellie Reeves MP
Member of Parliament for Lewisham West and Penge"

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Hi, I’ve also received a very similar response today, from Juliet on behalf of Ellie. Let’s hope they reply with the answer from TFL.

The more people complain - the higher the chance of action :wink:

I also wrote to the council but haven’t heard anything back.

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FYI from this thread about the FHSoc AGM Ellie Reeves will be there virtually and you can submit questions ahead of the meeting

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Thanks Clausy,
The more people that can get behind this the better,
I’m happy to submit some questions. Everyone seems to be on the same page over what the issues are, and the extent of them.

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