I write in response to the letters in the Beaconsfield Advertiser of 19th April regarding Seer Green & Jordans. I am replying in Rob Brighouse’s absence as he is on annual leave.
I would like to make it very clear that we have no plans to close to close Seer Green & Jordans station and will continue to provide the level of service as specified in our franchise agreement with the Department for Transport.
While the off peak service will reduce to hourly starting 14 May 2012, the peak time service will continue on a twice hourly basis. This decision was taken following all statutorily required consultation and detailed analysis of passenger use over a number of months where it was found that an average of 2.5 passengers use each off peak service from the station. Chiltern Railways receive no government subsidy and we hope that you appreciate that activity outside that priced into our franchise agreement is entirely at our commercial risk and is at the cost of passenger fares income upon which we rely.
I am sorry and can appreciate that this is difficult news for off peak passengers at Seer Green & Jordans. I hope however that this explanation helps illustrate the rationale behind the decision that has been made.
General Manager South