Demand better for Brixton: our manifesto for Coldharbour

It’s time for a positive change in Brixton – let’s invest in the future.

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Demand better connections for Brixton: Lib Dems call for new Overground station

Many of Brixton’s young people still find it hard to access job opportunities across the capital.

East Brixton train station once connected residents from Somerlyton Road and Loughborough Junction to Clapham Junction, Peckham Rye, London Bridge and Crystal Palace. The station closed in the 1970s. 

Today a 2km gap exists between Clapham High Street and Denmark Hill stations on the London Overground. Trains still pass over the old tracks and demand for accessible and affordable transport links between Brixton and the rest of the city continue to rise.

Current bus services are slow and indirect, the tube is overcrowded and national rail provision is disjointed.

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Demand better for Brixton: we can't tackle crime with cuts

We agree with Chuka Umunna on the need for an urgent focus on youth violence. In Lambeth we have seen over 7000 victims in the last ten years – the highest in London. If we are to tackle this problem, it is clear that we must start here. 

We will support any cross-party effort to take on this issue. However, the idea of a National Mission seems to entirely miss the mark. There is no short-term silver bullet. And while we welcome the Government’s recent announcement of increased investment in the Early Intervention Fund, this £22m cannot fill the gaps left by years of under-investment by successive Conservative governments.

"We can’t tackle crime with cuts", comments Doug Buist, Lib Dem candidate for the Coldharbour ward by-election. 

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Doug Bust, Lib Dem candidate for Coldharbour ward by-election, and Councillor William Huangbo (Southwark) working together on community safety 

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