Station Reopening (London)

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 28th January 2010.

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Photo of Martin Linton Martin Linton Labour, Battersea 10:30 am, 28th January 2010

If he will discuss with the Mayor of London the merits of reopening (a) Battersea High Street station and (b) other closed railway stations in London.

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Photo of Chris Mole Chris Mole Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

If the Mayor puts forward any such proposals for discussion, I will be happy to meet him. It is for Network Rail, the relevant train operator and Transport for London to consider the best way of meeting an identified transport need in that particular part of London.

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Photo of Martin Linton Martin Linton Labour, Battersea

If only the Department for Transport were London-centric, I would certainly be very pleased; I have not noticed it so far.

Is my hon. Friend aware of the demand in Battersea for the reopening of Battersea station, or at the very least for a footbridge to the newly opened Imperial Wharf station? Battersea station was closed only because of an air raid during the war. It was one of 33 London stations that were closed during wars and never reopened, including Walworth, Camberwell, Wormwood Scrubs and others.

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Photo of Chris Mole Chris Mole Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

My hon. Friend articulates the case very well for his constituents, and I understand his point about new stations in areas of development and regeneration. We give the Mayor about £3 billion a year to sustain and develop transport networks in London, and I encourage my hon. Friend to engage with the Mayor and local councils to promote the reopening of the station.

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