The Department for Transport have this morning published their consultation document about the specification for the next Southeastern franchise starting in December 2018. On a quick read it has some general statements such as “more space for passengers” “reduce delays” “We want … Continue reading
On Tuesday 14 February 2017 I travelled on the 17.00 Thameslink service from Sevenoaks to Bedford as far as Bat & Ball. After the train departed Sevenoaks three Southeastern staff made their way through the train checking tickets.
Today’s newspapers (Guardian, Evening Standard) are running stories about replacing rail tickets with fingerprint or iris scans. But there’s a little-noticed part of the statement that suggests that “super peak pricing” might be back on the agenda. That would be very … Continue reading
Southeastern have announced that from Monday 20 February they’ll only sell full-priced “Anytime” tickets on board their trains. Cheekily they say that doing so will “strip out uncertainty for you – our passengers”. However there are also some exceptions that … Continue reading
Six weeks ago we reported on the launch of The Key, Southeastern’s Not-Very-Smart-Card. It seemed very limited – season tickets only, no Pay-As-You-Go, no automatic Delay-Repay, not even compatible with TfL Oyster/Contactless or the similarly-named Key on Southern. But we’re … Continue reading
Southeastern launched their smartcard ticket on Monday. They had an event at Sevenoaks station. The Rail Minister Paul Maynard was there: we thought that he looked a bit embarassed – perhaps because his Department apparently paid Southeastern £5.5m to implement … Continue reading