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

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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Senior Railcard Moments January 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 January 2019 inclusive = £15.60 (Southeastern £15.60, Thameslink £0)

This month’s delays: total 95 minutes, Southeastern 85, Thameslink 10

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What are passengers satisfied with?

Transport Focus have released their Autumn 2018 passenger satisfaction survey. Overall 78% of Southeastern customers were satisfied with their last journey, little changed over a year and still too low.

However on 36 out of 40 specific aspects of the journey – including at stations and on trains – satisfaction was less than 78% – including toilets at stations, toilets on trains, and how Southeastern deal with delays (40%).

Customer satisfaction has not significantly improved over the last year, despite the end of the London Bridge works, many aspects of the journey are still falling well short of what customers expect, and other transport operators are achieving better results with the same Victorian infrastructure. Southeastern should not be getting out the champagne yet!

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Bat & Ball Open Day Saturday 19 January

There’s an Open Day at Bat & Ball station this Saturday, 19 January between 1000 and 1200. There will be a chance to:

  • See inside the newly refurbished station building
  • Discover more about this local heritage landmark
  • Enjoy the refreshments from the cafe
  • Learn about volunteering opportunities and how to get involved
  • Find out about hiring the facilities
  • Take part in free family art activities