Senior Railcard Moments – March 2020

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

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Southwark & Charing Cross Bakerloo Underground Stations to close

From tomorrow, up to 40 London Underground stations that do not interchange with other lines will be closed until further notice. These stations include two stations likely to be used by some Sevenoaks area commuters who still need to travel to London:

  • Southwark underground station on the Jubilee line, accessible from Waterloo East railway station
  • The Bakerloo part of Charing Cross underground station

Some stations on the District line used by commuters arriving at Charing Cross, Blackfriars or Cannon Street are also to be closed:

  • Mansion House
  • Temple
  • St James’s Park
  • Gloucester Road

Full details are at https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/media/press-releases/2020/march/planned-services-to-support-london-s-critical-workers

Senior Railcard Moments – February 2020

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 29 February 2020 inclusive = £10.70 (Southeastern £10.70, Thameslink £0)

This month’s delays: total 74 minutes, Southeastern 65, Thameslink 9

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Delay Repay Delay

I have now received the £5.60 payment from Virgin Trains. I thought I might not receive this due to the time that it had been outstanding.

Interestingly, the cheque was dated 1 October 2019, the letter was dated 12 November 2019 and the postmark on the envelope was 13 January 2020!

Perhaps it’s time for Delay Repay payments on Delay Repay payments …

Four months on, still no progress on Bat & Ball footbridge lights

It’s now over four months since I first reported, on 20 September, that two lights on the Bat & Ball footbridge were not working. I would have expected that repair of faulty lights on a footbridge should have a high priority because of the passenger safety implications.

I’ve now had a response from Southeastern:

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Senior Railcard Moments – January 2020

Inspection cover, platform 6A,
Derby station.

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 January 2020 inclusive = £2.30
(Southeastern £2.30, Thameslink £0). One claim outstanding.

This month’s delays: total 113 minutes, Southeastern 109, Thameslink 4

Thursday 2 January – My first journey of the year. My Day Travelcard has increased to £11.55 from £11.20, 3.125%.

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