Bexley Council wants Thameslink in Belvedere and Erith
Bexley Council leader Teresa O’Neill has written to Thameslink asking trains to stop at Erith and Belvedere that currently sail through.
She managed to get the train company that operates them wrong however, linking in Great Western Railway in a tweet rather than Thameslink.
This is an issue I’ve been covering for about three years on this site since plans announced. Why did Thameslink trains stop at every shack along the line except fast-growing Belvedere and Erith?
One major reason is that Thameslink has lots of padding built into the timetable along its route so that when it reaches the core section in central London it is not out of position. This does make it slow. A Southeastern train that stops at every station from Dartford to London Bridge is quicker than a Thameslink which skips Belvedere, Erith and Woolwich Dockyard.
Stations with a tenth of the number of annual passengers (like Northfleet) do however see stops.
Bexley Council for years seemed more concerned with a mythical Crossrail extension which is decades away at best. That was a no-starter. Short term goals which are far more attainable such as having trains already running through call at stations were pretty much ignored.
Maybe they are finally waking up. They do have plans for 8,000 homes around Belvedere and an outlet shopping mall. It’s all pie in the sky stuff right now though.