Last week I took the train from Lewisham to London Bridge with Sadiq Khan, our Labour Mayor of London, and Clive Efford, Labour's parliamentary candidate for Eltham. We travelled together in the morning rush hour and spoke to commuters about their concerns with transport in London. The same complaints were raised that are raised with me all the time. Our trains are overcrowded, constantly delayed and we pay through the nose for a service which is poor and unreliable.
Labour has pledged to renationalise the railways - the only viable long-term plan that puts passengers first. In London that means we will hand control of all suburban rail lines over to Transport for London - something Sadiq Khan has been calling for since his election last May, but which the Tories have blocked. A TfL takeover would mean frozen fares, safer stations and a much more reliable service, putting the public first - not the profits of rail providers.
In the meantime, I am pushing for a better service for Lewisham Deptford by keeping the pressure on rail providers in the South East. I've been encouraging residents to contribute to the Department for Transport consultation on the future of the South East franchise, as some of the current proposals are set to disadvantage us locally in Lewisham Deptford. You can find out more by reading my full response to the consultation here.