Annual General Meeting Thursday 17 October 2019

Here is the Agenda for next week’s Annual General Meeting.

There is plenty to talk about, including the prospects for future rail services now that the re-franchising exercise has been abandoned and now that the introduction of the new Maidstone East to Cambridge service has been delayed again.

Sir Michael Fallon MP is speaking as well as the rail companies, so we hope that you will join us at the meeting.

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Senior Railcard Moments August 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 31 August 2019 inclusive = £53.20
(Southeastern £25.10, Southern £2.00, South Western Railway £6.62, Thameslink £9.10, Virgin £10.38).

This month’s delays: total 120 minutes, Southeastern 74, Thameslink 46.

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Split ticket saving, again

I want to travel from Bat & Ball to York next month. The best fares I was quoted were £92.05 to York and £40.70 for the return journey, a total of £132.75.

However Advance Singles using Grand Central’s services from King’s Cross to York cost £12.35 each way. Add £13.00 from Bat & Ball to St Pancras International, and £8.60 from St Pancras International to Bat & Ball makes a total of £46.30.

That’s a saving of £86.45 – 65%!

No wonder the Train Companies want to abolish split ticketing!!

SRTA comments on Southeastern December 2019 timetable

The SRTA has been reviewing Southeastern’s proposals for changes to the December 2019 timetable.

We welcome the agreement to assist with connections at Swanley for Darenth Valley line users. That’s how a joined-up railway should work.

However, SRTA has a significant concern with one of the proposed timetable changes. This concerns the change to the stopping services, 1726 from Charing Cross and 1739 from Cannon Street. It appears to us that the proposal totally ignores the interests of the large number of passengers who travel from Cannon Street to Chelsfield and beyond.

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Senior Railcard Moments July 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 31 July 2019 inclusive = £47.60
(Southeastern £23.70, Southern £2.00, South Western Railway £6.62, Thameslink £4.90, Virgin £10.38). One claim outstanding.

This month’s delays: total 89 minutes, Southeastern 52, Thameslink 37

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Station Improvement funding for Bat & Ball and Sevenoaks

Govia Thameslink Rail have extended the timetable for suggestions on how to spend their fine for last years’ timetable meltdown. They are seeking views by 31 August.

Their team will be at our local stations in the next few days. They will be at:

  • Sevenoaks:   Tuesday 20th August, 4pm to 7pm, to ask how to spend  £30,000
  • Bat & Ball: Wednesday 21st August, 7 am to 11 am to ask how to
    spend  £80,000

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