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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Egham puzzler: £40.40, £17.05 or £15.15?

If you’re going from the Sevenoaks area via London to somewhere else in the London & South East Network Area between 0900 and 1000 a through ticket may not be your best option. For instance from Bat & Ball to Egham via Waterloo on the 0921 the train company websites quote you an “Anytime Return” for £40.40. But two off-peak returns (Sevenoaks to Waterloo, Waterloo to Egham) are valid and would cost a total of £17.05. Even better, an off-peak Travelcard and a return from Feltham to Egham would cost a total of only £15.15 – before any railcard discounts are applied.

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Senior Railcard Moments June 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 30 June 2019 inclusive = £27.80
(Southeastern £23.70, Southern £2.00 Thameslink £2.10). Two claims outstanding.

This month’s delays: total 40 minutes, Southeastern 35, Thameslink 5.

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Delay Repay: sometimes it takes four attempts!

On Saturday 29 June I departed Wareham on the 16.31 service to London Waterloo where it arrived thirty-two minutes late at 19.21. Accordingly, I missed my intended train back from Waterloo East to Sevenoaks. The 20.30 to Bat & Ball was on time, but due to the late running South Western Trains service this was half an hour later than I should have been. Getting the right Delay-Repay has required me to make three appeals. This shows that what Transport Focus and others have been saying about the difficulty of claiming Delay-Repay and the arbitrary rejection or reduction of valid claims is, despite the assurances given, still not being addressed by the train operating companies.

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