Blackheath Councillor working for Westcombe Park commuters

Talks are still going on between Greenwich Council, Southeastern and the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) about the proposed revised timetable for the duration of the Olympic games but the answer to a question at the December Council Meeting from Blackheath Westcombe Councillor Geoff Brighty confirmed there had been little progress so far and little to bring a smile to commuters faces.

 

Since that meeting Cllr Brighty has met with the Greenwich Council Cabinet Member who is leading on this and discussed several issues that were still of concern -

 

* The revised timetable hits users of Westcombe Park station particularly hard and could also prove disruptive to those using Maze Hill

* Disabled access at Maze Hill station which is expected to be designated for use by people coming to the Olympics from parts of Kent, is not regarded as adequate

* There are only three days of major Olympic activity in Greenwich Park but the revised timetable covers two weeks

* Compensation to season ticket holders for any service reduction

* There is a need to ensure that local residents are made aware of the final arrangements at the earliest opportunity so that they could make alternative travel plans if necessary

 

Geoff said "I don't think anyone is specially optimistic that much more will be on offer but we have to keep trying".