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!

New “Please offer me a seat” badge trials on Transport for London services

please-offer-me-a-badge_rdax_400x250Transport for London are trialling a “Please offer me a seat” badge, similar to their “Baby on Board” system. The idea is to encourage other passengers to give up their seat to those less able to stand.

 

Southeastern and Thameslink have existing systems of Priority Seating Cards open to anyone who is elderly (“over 65”), pregnant, travelling with children under three, or has a disability.

 

We’d be interested in your views.

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Charing Cross: tube access and Villiers St steps restricted from next Monday

geograph-2595696-by-stephen-cravenFrom next Monday, 26 September, access to the Underground from Charing Cross Station will be closed until July 2017. This is to allow refurbishment of the “Northern Line” ticket hall. Once this ticket hall is re-opened, the “Bakerloo Line” ticket hall under Trafalgar Square will then be closed for refurbishment until December 2017. Continue reading

Thameslink launch consultation on 2018 timetable

geograph-1888302-by-pam-frayThameslink have launched a consultation on their 2018 timetable, including the Bat & Ball service and the new service to Maidstone East. It’s open for 12 weeks until 8 December.

An initial read shows that Sevenoaks area services are largely as expected, but with some disappointments:

  • only hourly trains London Bridge to Maidstone East in the evenings.
  • non-peak Darenth Valley trains will not go beyond Blackfriars.

We’ll be studying the document carefully and responding fully. 

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15-minute Delay Compensation … delayed again!

2016-09-14-15-43-12We were excited to hear that Southeastern could be planning to make changes to the Delay Repay scheme from 1 October – perhaps, at last, Delay-Repay compensation that starts after 15 minutes delay rather than 30 minutes?

Apparently not. Southeastern have told us that the changes from 1 October relate to how the existing Delay Repay scheme can be paid: there’s no sign that more generous compensation is coming any time soon.

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