Sevenoaks Car Parking: Here’s the Plan (we think)

Credit: @scottacr

Credit: @scottacr

We have already written about the car parking difficulties at Sevenoaks station, and this was a big issue raised at our Annual General Meeting on Thursday 20 October.

We’ve been pressing Southeastern to give precise details of the parking arrangements for Car Park 4 starting tomorrow, Monday 24 October. Here’s the plan as we understand it:

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Mayor’s review of ticket office closures on London Underground  

londontravelwatch-logoThe Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has commissioned London TravelWatch to carry out an independent review of the closure of ticket offices on London Underground, and its impact on passengers. For the review London Travelwatch are undertaking a number of activities including surveys and focus groups amongst passengers and staff, and mystery shopping of journeys on London Underground.

If you can help, please complete the public survey on by Monday 24 October 2016.

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Car Parking Crisis at Sevenoaks

Credit: @scottacr

Credit: @scottacr

For the past few weeks we have been getting reports about the main Southeastern Car Park at Sevenoaks Station (historically known as “Car Park 4”, north of the bridge and west of the railway line) being unusually full – sometimes with people unable to find spaces at 0830.

From next Monday Southeastern intend to reserve Car Park 4 entirely for season ticket holders up to 0830 Monday to Friday. That’s good for those with season tickets, but will make it virtually impossible for many on-the-day payers, such as part time commuters, to find anywhere to park.

We’ve suggested a more balanced approach, but we are also calling for innovative alternative ideas on how to balance the conflicting interests of customers.

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Annual General Meeting 20 October 2016 at 7.30pm

geograph-1255788-by-n-chadwickThe Annual General Meeting of the Association is to be held on Thursday 20 October at 7.30pm in Christ Church Hall.

We have a full and interesting agenda, set out formally below, and we do hope that you will be able to join us – both paid-up members and other supporters are very welcome, and if you are not already a member you can join on the spot! Continue reading

Keith’s Travel Diary September 2016

geograph-3211294-by-paul-farmerA total of 187 minutes delay – Southeastern 59, Thameslink 128.

Delay Repay Claims; total 1 January 2016 to 30 September 2016 inclusive = £87.10 with three claims outstanding against Thameslink

Keith is a SRTA member and a regular commuter from Bat & Ball to London via Sevenoaks. Each month he gives his personal experiences and views. Continue reading

Oyster-less Sevenoaks passengers miss out on free travel (again) … but can get a free coffee

free-coffee-mondaysA total of £122 worth of free travel on the TfL system is available over four Mondays in October for passengers who use Android Pay and Mastercard on the Oyster/contactless system.

Because we’re still waiting for Oyster to be extended to Sevenoaks, Dunton Green, and the Darenth Valley line stations it won’t cover journeys here – just as we have missed out on previous similar offers.

However a parallel offer gives one free hot drink at Caffè Nero in Sevenoaks High Street on the same days.

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