The Annual General Meeting of the Association will be held on Thursday 19 October 2017 at 7.30pm in Christ Church Hall, Littlecourt Road, Sevenoaks TN13 2JG. All rail users welcome!

Bat & Ball Renovation: What do you want?

Sevenoaks Town Council are taking over the old station building at Bat & Ball. This will give a permanent presence at the station to improve perceptions of safety and reduce antisocial behaviour.

Their plans for the future include:

  • a cafe for station users and the local community
  • toilets
  • level access for the London bound platform

They would like help in gauging support and setting priorities. Please complete their short online survey here.

I’ve got a ticket to Ryde – eventually

I discovered a ticket purchasing problem when I tried to buy an advance single from Waterloo to Ryde Esplanade and the same type of ticket for my return journey.

National Rail Enquiries offered a £20.80 fare each way. However, when I tried to buy the tickets I was directed South West Trains website and this did not acknowledge that these tickets at the quoted fares were available.

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An Unexpected Journey? Class 700s at Bat & Ball

There is currently a problem with the new Class 700 Thameslink trains at Bat & Ball station. Twice in a week train doors that have operated correctly at Sevenoaks have failed to open at Bat & Ball’s platform one.

The driver told passengers that there problems with Class 700 trains at Bat & Ball station whereby the trains did not identify where they were therefore the doors would not open. This would indicate that there is a problem with the onboard computer receiving GPS transmissions.

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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