Govia Thamelink was fined £15 million for last year’s timetable meltdown. After work by MPs, local councils and rail traveller groups this has been allocated to stations, for projects to help passengers hit by the collapse in services.
For stations we cover on the Darenth Valley line £340,000 will be allocated to projects that help passengers directly. Amounts at each station depend on how badly services were affected.
|Bat & Ball||£80,000|
(Elsewhere in the Sevenoaks District: Swanley £50,000; Edenbridge Town £30,000; Edenbridge £30,000; Cowden £30,000; Hever £30,000; Leigh (Kent) £30,000; Penshurst £30,000.)
There’s a website for passengers to feed in ideas, and a price list for standard items like platform shelters, information screens, ticket machines or seating, at https://www.passengerbenefitfund.co.uk
We’ve had a first look, and talked to GTR. The best use of the money will differ by station. Our initial preference is for projects which:
- give step free access to trains where it isn’t already in place
- provide ticket machines where there aren’t enough
- improve live running infomation for passengers, about trains and, at Sevenoaks, connecting buses
- give station and platform wifi where it’s missing
- improve shelters and seating where they are inadequate.
Please let us know what you think? Decisions will be taken end July, and GTR will give extra weight to passenger groups like ours.