The new East London Extension may have had an adverse effect on the journeys of commuters from the southern end of the borough in to London Bridge, according to controversial Croydon South MP Richard Ottaway.
The excellent Purley Mail website today reports that Ottaway – who claimed expenses on two homes despite his constituency lying within easy commuting distance of Westminster – has written a letter of complaint to the rail operator over changes to the timetable introduced last month.
“I have received many complaints from constituents who have found Southern’s new timetable dreadful for commuter journeys,” Ottaway wrote.
“Residents are complaining that the reduction in train services into London from local commuter stations, the over-crowding on half-length trains and regular delays are making their daily commute an absolute nightmare.”
Those with a sense of irony will note that Ottaway does not offer any personal experience, presumably because he does not use commuter services while staying at his London pad or at his big country home in stockbroker belt Bletchingley.
His letter to the operators continues: “Commuters who have contacted Southern directly say that Southern is blaming the new East London line, which is using tracks between West Croydon and London Bridge, but this is of no consolation to commuters trying to get from stations like Sanderstead, Purley Oaks or Kenley, into Victoria or London Bridge.
“Quite frankly the resultant serious overcrowding on services is very worrying.”
It was, of course, Ottaway’s own party, which originally sold-off the decentralised and de-regulated railways, while maintaining massive public subsidies for the private companies operating the services.
Presumably, now that Ottaway and his cronies are in power, they will go ahead and do something about the poor services.