Keith’s Travel Diary June 2017

A total of 105 minutes lateness – Southeastern 20, Thameslink 85 – a better month for Southeastern, but worse for Thameslink.

Delay Repay Claims: total 1 January 2017 to 30 June 17 inclusive = £62.30

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

Morewood Arch: did you use it in the past?

Since 2014 we have been supporting a group of local residents who have been lobbying Network Rail for the re-opening of the pedestrian route through “Morewood Arch” from Bosville Drive to Morewood Close. This gave a good walking route to the railway station – and now would also give a walking route to the new(-ish) Lidl store.

Without any local consultation Network Rail decided to fence off the Arch, and later leased the land to a scaffolding firm for storage. Continue reading

Keith’s Travel Diary May 2017

Barrow Hill

A total of 99 minutes lateness – Southeastern 52, Thameslink 47 – the improvement of the past few months may be slipping.

Delay Repay Claims: total 1 January to 31 May inclusive = £58.70

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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Is the end nigh for Waterloo East?

We’re working hard on our response to Network Rail’s Kent Route Study. Buried in that document are long-term plans for the redevelopment of Charing Cross station over the river in the style of the new Blackfriars. It then says: “A new link to Waterloo from a southern entrance to Charing Cross may supersede Waterloo East allowing the station area to be used for additional track capacity”. 

In other words, Waterloo East station could be demolished. Continue reading

Knockholt & Halstead may get much reduced replacement bus service

Arriva’s proposal to axe the 402 bus between Sevenoaks and Bromley has attracted a lot of local criticism. The plan continues to be surprising as our own observations have shown that in the morning between Sevenoaks and Knockholt there are always more than 10 passengers on the hourly service.

It appears that Kent County Council have now agreed with Go-Coach to support a limited replacement service number 431 from July. This will do three round trips in the middle of the day between Sevenoaks and Orpington (in addition to the existing schools service). Continue reading