Sunday, 21 December 2014

Crossrail: Getting The Minister Involved

Transport Minister Claire Perry and Paul Scully at Worcester Park station

The campaign to bringing Crossrail 2 to Worcester Park has taken another step forward. Parliamentary Candidate Paul Scully invited Transport Minister Claire Perry (pictured above with Paul) down to see the situation for herself and talk to local people about it.

Paul Scully with Worcester Park resident signing Crossrail 2 petitionHe has also shown her the petition with over 1200 signatures that we collected last year for Boris Johnson (good thing we kept a copy). Some readers may have noticed that Paul has also continued to build on this campaign, gathering even more signatures on the petition and handing out cards on a few cold mornings at the station and in Central Road.

Paul told the blog:
"I guess the people in charge of Crossrail 2 have chosen Motspur Park as their preferred stop to allow passengers along the Chessington spur to access the service. That ignores the fact that Worcester Park is absolutely heaving at peak times. When I was handing out 1000 petition leaflets at Worcester Park over a few early mornings residents were amazed that they had been overlooked. 
Transport Minister Claire Perry and Paul Scully at Worcester Park station ticket officeAs the Minister in charge of the project, Claire Perry has now had a chance to speak to station staff, local businesses and residents. She was very open to listening and was left in no doubt of the strength of feeling of people in Worcester Park. It may still be a while before anything happens but I'll carry on pushing all the way for a bit of common sense.
Pushing from both sides

Steve O'Connell, London Assembly member for Croydon and SuttonSteve O'Connell, the London Assembly member for (the London Boroughs of) Croydon and Sutton has also been on the case having officially quizzed the Mayor, Boris Johnson on the situation in July and September (See the actual transcripts here and here). The Mayor, Boris Johnson, has unfortunately not yet committed to the Crossrail 2 trains calling at Worcester Park but he too is well aware of the strength of feeling on this matter.

He did though indicate that contributions from local councils would help, saying:
"If the local authority is keen and is prepared to put a funding package together, then obviously that would make it easier."
Steve replied that he would lobby the relevant council. Hopefully the relevant council, be it Kingston, Epsom & Ewell or Sutton (or some combination thereof) will look favourably on the project in response to local efforts.