This afternoon I met with Network Rail to discuss future rail improvements for Carshalton and Wallington.
I very often receive constituent’s concerns regarding transport and, as a commuter myself, I understand the importance of having reliable connections with London and around the constituency. I will, therefore, continue to advocate for improvements to existing bus and rail routes, as well as new links to the area in Westminster.
London and the South East will play a large part in the post-COVID recovery and I will do as much as I can to ensure that transport projects which focus on improving the connection between these areas continue to get funding.
I was pleased to be able to raise a number of local issues during the meeting with Network Rail, including:
- Concerns about the height of the platforms at Hackbridge and Carshalton Beeches stations,
- Securing step free access on the southbound platform at Carshalton Beeches station,
- Extending Hackbridge station to accommodate the increase in commuter numbers, especially with the development at New Mill Quarter.
They assured me that they share my dedication to seeing solutions to problems such as these, and that they will see what they can do to deliver on them. I look forward to working with Network Rail on future projects.
I will also endeavour to raise the issue of unblocking the Croydon Bottleneck with the Minister for Transport; an issue which I did speak on in Parliament last year. I am determined to play my part in ensuring the completion of this project.
I will continue to work closely with Network Rail, TFL, my colleagues in Westminster, and the Mayor for London to ensure we see progress on these issues, and I will keep residents updated on any progress.