Rail minister Simon Burns has today announced the Wimbledon Loop south London rail service will be safeguarded under the Thameslink improvement programme.
Under previous plans passengers travelling to central London would have to change at Blackfriars Station when the £6bn Thameslink Programme is completed in 2018.
But following pressure from local rail users Network Rail and the Department for Transport have decided to safeguard the route from 2018 onwards.
“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,” said Burns.
Currently, four trains run every hour from Wimbledon Loop stations serving Merton, Morden, Sutton, Carshalton, Mitcham, Streatham and Tulse Hill, 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, two from Sevenoaks via Bromley South and Catford, and two (peak only) from Maidstone East via Bromley South.