How are Kent Council going to bring us the benefits that rail devolution would have given?

Tony Clayton, Chair of the Sevenoaks Rail Travellers Association, has written to the Leader of Kent County Council. KCC have reportedly withdrawn their support for the rail devolution prospectus published a year ago. We ask how KCC are going to ensure that the rail service improvements for Kent promised a year ago are going to be delivered by another round of the existing franchise model – a model which has led to some of the highest fares and some of the lower customer satisfaction ratings in the country. Continue reading

Keith’s Travel Diary December 2016

A total of 250 minutes delay (Southeastern 95, Thameslink 155) – better than the 701 minutes last month, but still pretty poor when you consider that I only travelled on thirteen days this month.

Delay Repay Claims: total 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016 inclusive = £147.70
Ten 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

Southern’s failings impact Southeastern customers too

On the National Rail Enquiries Website today there was a page providing details of where Southern season tickets were being accepted. Southeastern will accept tickets on routes including:

  • Hastings and London via Tonbridge
  • Ashford International and London, but NOT on High Speed services.

The last two bullet points probably explain why Southeastern services have been overcrowded on arrival at Sevenoaks on strike days – and why the Sevenoaks station car park has been overcrowded too. Continue reading

A new train at last!

For once there was a useful PA announcement at Sevenoaks last night: “the steam train is running late”.

So I managed to see the Tornado in all its glory as it was held for a few minutes at a red signal.

Who said that there are no new trains on Southeastern?

Keith’s Travel Diary November 2016

A total of 701 minutes delay – an awful month

Delay Repay Claims; total 1 January 2016 to 30 November 2016 inclusive = £108.60
10 Claims outstanding – Southeastern 1, Thameslink 9

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