Supporters turn out for Zone 6 rally at Epsom Station
26th July 2012
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Commuters, students, businesses and residents made their views heard at a Zone 6 rally outside Epsom station on Saturday.

Campaigners joined MP Chris Grayling at 10am to show Southern their support for the move, prior to a meeting between him and the train company’s chief executive on Friday, July 20.

Mr Grayling addressed the supporters, who turned up and held banners despite the rain, and said there was "a lot further to go" but that he was fully committed to getting Epsom into a London zone.

He suggested that if Southern, which operates the South Central franchise through Epsom, does not agree to include it in Zone 6, support for it could switch to other train companies willing to do so when the franchise comes up for renewal in 2015.

He said: "I hope that Southern will accept now that, even though it’s their franchise, if they don’t accept Zone 6 for Epsom, there are others who will do it and we will put the Department for Transport, which lets train franchises, under pressure.  It's another gentle lever we can use.

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