Starting this Saturday, 25 July, and for the whole of next week there will be nine days of changed times, longer journeys and diversions to Southeastern services from Sevenoaks.
Basically on the off-peak pattern fast trains on the Ashford/ Ramsgate route will be diverted to Victoria (journey time from Sevenoaks to Victoria around 35-40 minutes) and fast trains on the Tunbridge Wells/Hastings route will go to London Bridge and Charing Cross via New Beckenham (journey time around 35-40 minutes). Times of departure from Sevenoaks have changed a bit, and times of departure from London need to be checked.
Peak hour services appear a bit more complicated and need to be checked.
This is due to a major signalling switch-over at Hither Green. At least it is getting done while fewer people are travelling!
Delay Repay Claims: total 1 January 2020 to 30 April 2020 inclusive = £10.70
(Southeastern £10.70, Thameslink £0)
My Senior Railcard is gathering dust: April 2020 is the first month in which I have not travelled on a train for over forty-five years.
My Advance Ticket refunds are progressing well, and have been received for the following return journeys that I had booked: –
Looking back through my papers recently I came across a British Rail advertising leaflet promoting the introduction of electric train services on the Hastings line. On Sunday 27 April 1986, a special gala day was held on the Tonbridge / Hastings line celebrating the introduction of the “1066 Electrics”.
The shelter on platform one at Bat & Ball station has been repainted to match the colour scheme of the station building. It would be good to see the footbridge repainted to match the other structures on the station.
While doing some research on the Internet, I discovered the following of local interest.
The Maidstone Telegraph, on Saturday 13 August 1870, reported that a George Weston was charged with travelling on the London, Chatham, and Dover Railway without having previously paid his fare, and with intent to avoid payment thereof.
Our Bat & Ball correspondent, Keith Alderman, has now retired. However, when Thameslink allow him, he’s making good use of his Senior Railcard!
Delay Repay Claims: total 1 January 2020 to 31 March 2020 inclusive = £10.70 (Southeastern £10.70, Thameslink £0)
This month’s delays: total 11 minutes, Southeastern 11, Thameslink 0