The Annual General Meeting of the Association will be held on Thursday 20 October 2016 at 7.30pm in Christ Church Hall, Littlecourt Road, Sevenoaks TN13 2JG. All rail users welcome!

Paws for thought

2016_07_24_ticket_punch_designI was surprised recently that a conductor on a train on which I was travelling was cancelling tickets using a ticket punch rather than just marking them with a pen.

The attached scan shows the result. I put some coloured paper behind the ticket so that the “paw” shape is clearer. There are a number of similar animal-themed punches in use, but I doubt that they are officially issued. Continue reading

A small step towards integrated transport in Sevenoaks

station bus display 2016-08-16 12.42.57For years we have been pressing Southeastern, Go-Coach and Arriva to work together to improve information about buses from the railway station. We’re pleased to say that in the last few days a new display has been sited on the concourse with details of the local bus routes including a map and with bus timetable leaflets. Well done to all concerned!

The next step is to get a display of real-time departure information. We know that the bus companies have the data (normally collected by GPS systems on the buses); we will be keeping up the pressure to get the information to the passengers who need it!

Wherefore Art Thou … Timetable Number 6?

20160828-timetable-6-coverWe’re within a fortnight of the introduction of the new timetable on 28 August 2016. However yet again printed copies of “Timetable Number 6 – London to: Bromley North, Orpington and Sevenoaks via Grove Park” are not available at Sevenoaks station – although other printed timetables are.

Timetable Number 6 is the most relevant timetable for Sevenoaks to London customers because it shows all the services, both “fast” and “slow”. Why is it that Southeastern cannot arrange for copies of this timetable to be available at Sevenoaks station in good time? – especially as copies of less useful timetables are already available there!

In the meantime the timetable can be viewed online as a PDF on the Southeastern website. Continue reading

Keith’s Travel Diary June 2016

severn-valley-flickr-zen-whisk-2902794950-cc-by-nd-licensedA total of 257 minutes delay – Southeastern 125, Thameslink 132. Not a good month!

Delay Repay Claims; total 1 January 2016 to 30 June 2016 inclusive = £48.20.
Four claims outstanding one each against Southeastern and Southern and two 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.

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