Hang on to your ticket!

When I travelled to London Bridge recently, using a Bat & Ball to London Terminals ticket, I was surprised when the ticket barrier retained the ticket. Previously, these tickets were returned in case the holder required to continue to either Cannon Street, Waterloo East, Charing Cross or Blackfriars. I queried this with the barrier staff, and they advised me that you now need to ask them to let you through the barriers if you wish to continue your journey later.

You’ll also need to go through the manned barriers if you need to keep your ticket – for instance if you need to claim Delay-Repay!

Senior Railcard Moments March 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 March 2019 inclusive = £20.90
(Southeastern £20.90, Thameslink £0). One claim outstanding.

This month’s delays: total 65 minutes, Southeastern 65, Thameslink 0

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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 February.

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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