Commuter bus changes from 8 April

As has been rumoured, Arriva have announced that they are axing the route 1 service completely after 7 April, including the peak hour commuter service serving Riverhead, Chipstead, Bessels Green and Ryewood.

Go-Coach are introducing 1 additional 401 service in the morning peak, and 3 additional 401 services in the evening peak, to provide some replacement of commuter services to Riverhead, Chipstead, Bessels Green (evenings only) and Ryewood, starting on Monday 8 April.

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Bat & Ball station maintenance

Recently, at the ends of the platforms at Bat & Ball station some fences and gates, plus dragon’s teeth on the ground, have been installed to prevent people walking down the platform end ramps. However, this appears to be a job half done. On platform one, the south end has a fence/gate but no dragon’s teeth therefore nothing prevents access to the platform end ramp. The north end of this platform has nothing at all installed. Platform two has a fence/gate and dragon’s teeth installed at both ends of the platform. However, at the south end of the platform access to the track is still possible by just walking past the end of the fence!

At the end of January, I noticed that there was a new area of rotten wood on
Bat & Ball footbridge. This was replaced and repainted before the end of

Senior Railcard Moments February 2019

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 2019 to 28 February 2019 inclusive = £20.90
(Southeastern £20.90, Thameslink £0)

This month’s delays: total 61 minutes, Southeastern 61, Thameslink 0

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Off-Peak tickets should be “Super” at Sevenoaks too!

Southeastern offer “Super Off-Peak” as well as “Off-Peak” Day Returns to London from Tonbridge and many other stations further from London, but only “Off-Peak” day returns from Sevenoaks. Super Off-Peak fares are a good deal – for some they’re a very good deal. It’s illogical that they’re not offered from Sevenoaks.

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Bat & Ball? That’s £4 extra!

Historically the fares to London Terminals from Sevenoaks, Bat & Ball and Otford have been identical. However, from January 2019 an error has occurred when calculating and applying the season ticket fare increase. Currently, the fares to London Terminals are: –

Otford &
Bat & Ball
7 Day £90.20 £90.30
1 Month £346.40 £346.80
3 Months £1039.20 £1040.30
6 Months £2078.30 £2080.60
Annual £3608.00 £3612.00

Accordingly, Bat & Ball passengers can save some money by purchasing their season ticket to London terminals from either Otford or Sevenoaks.

However Bat & Ball passengers should be careful about buying Sevenoaks tickets – currently Thameslink are refusing compensation for last summer’s difficulties for Sevenoaks ticket holders, saying that they could have used Southeastern services instead.

Daily tickets to London Terminals and Travelcard fares are still identical at all three stations.

Fond memories of 1962 Fares

Steam Train with Snow Plough

January being the month in which fares are increased an elderly friend of mine who used to work on the railway as a booking clerk thought people might be interested in the following fares from Sevenoaks in 1962: –

Single Return
London Bridge 2nd: 5/3d (26p)
1st: 7/11d (39½p)
2nd: 7/8d (38½p)
1st: 11/6d (57½p)
Charing Cross 2nd: 7/8d (38½p)
1st: 11/6d (57½p)
2nd: 8/6d (42½p)
1st: 12/9d (63½p)

Incidentally the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, was born on 1 April 1962. So the fare from Sevenoaks to London Bridge has risen by 4,861% since he was born!

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