Thameslink Passenger Benefit Fund consultation for Plumstead and Woolwich Arsenal stations re-opened until 31st August

Following the intervention of MP Matthew Pennycook, the consultation for Govia Thameslink’s Passenger Benefit Fund has been re-opened. The Passenger Benefit Fund is being allocated by Govia Thameslink (GTR) to stations affected by the disruptive introduction of the Thameslink service in May 2018, with £30,000 available for both Woolwich Arsenal and Plumstead stations. The consultation originally expired in late July but the benefits being offered to stations not managed by GTR were limited.

Stations on the Woolwich / Greenwich line are managed by Southeastern, not GTR. In the original consultation, a Department for Transport (DfT) condition stated that stations not managed by GTR would not receive station-specific benefits from the Passenger Benefit Fund, only wider passenger benefits. In successfully lobbying the DfT for the consultation to be re-opened, MP Matthew Pennycook also ensured that station-specific benefits could now be included for these stations, in addition to wider passenger benefits.

A description of what the Fund could be used for can be found here on the Passenger Benefit Fund website, with some useful previous cost examples here

The link to submit suggestions can be found here. Ideas can be submitted by individuals, or if you would prefer to submit via Plumstead and Woolwich Rail Users’ Group please email pawrug@outlook.com

As Woolwich Dockyard isn’t currently served by a Thameslink service it is unfortunately not included in this consultation.

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