Once again a poor month for Southeastern – 229 minutes of delay – although none by more the 30 minutes so Delay Repay could not be claimed. Delay Repay Claims: total 1 January 2014 to 30 November 2014 inclusive remains at £59.95.
Keith is a SRTA member and a regular commuter from Bat & Ball to London via Sevenoaks.
Week of 3 November
66 minutes of lateness
- Monday 3 November – 17.24 from Cannon Street for some unknown reason the first class declassified, (shame!); train was busy though.
- Wednesday 5 November- Bat & Ball information screen advises that the 18.03, (18.00 from Sevenoaks), is expected at 18.02! Two minutes for 1.75 miles standing start to station stop would be quite impressive! However the train arrived at the timetabled 18.03.
Week of 10 November
48 minutes of lateness
- Monday 10 November – 07.23 to Charing Cross had no first class accommodation in the front four coaches; shame! The 17.24 from Cannon Street was formed of low density stock and was very crowded but surprisingly the first class was not declassified.
- Tuesday 11 November – 07.10 from Bat & Ball arrived at 9 minutes late and missed the 07.23 to Charing Cross.
- Wednesday 12 November – 07.11 from Sevenoaks to Charing Cross was halted on route due to a fault on the train. Accordingly the 07.23 to Charing Cross was very crowded when it departed from Sevenoaks and was ridiculously overcrowded and extremely hot after people pushed on to the train at Chelsfield. The 07.27 departure to Cannon Street was not shown on the information screens; perhaps it was trapped behind the 07.11. On arrival at London Bridge the exit route from platform 5 & 6 was solid with people; it took me five minutes from the top of the ramp off the platform to the ticket barriers.
Week of 17 November
26 minutes of lateness
- Tuesday 18 November – many passengers had a miserable journey home after an emergency speed restriction and track checks between London Bridge and New Cross. Thankfully I didn’t! The 1724 left Cannon Street on time and was only 7 minutes late at Sevenoaks, and I just caught the Darenth Valley line train, arriving at Bat & Ball only 1 minute late. I think that I was lucky!
- Friday 21 November – 07.23 to Charing Cross had no first class accommodation in the front four coaches; shame! The 17.24 from Cannon Street was very crowded for no apparent reason; first class was declassified. Some people did not seem to understand this and still stood whilst there were empty seats in the first class area!
Week of 24 November
79 minutes of lateness
- Monday 24 November – 07.23 to Charing Cross had no first class accommodation in the front four coaches; shame! The leading two coaches of the rear unit had no heating. The train arrived at London Bridge one minute early; more power for traction less for heating!
- Wednesday 26 November – 07.23 to Charing Cross was very crowded when it arrived at Sevenoaks. I decided to travel on the 07.27 to avoid the likely extreme overcrowding that would occur at Chelsfield. The 17.24 from Cannon Street was formed of two units of low density stock and one high density rather that twelve coaches of high density stock; very overcrowded when it pulled out of London Bridge.
- Thursday 27 November – 07.10 from Bat & Ball arrived at 9 minutes late and missed the 07.23 to Charing Cross. The 07.27 to Cannon Street was very crowded, no seats for Sevenoaks passengers, and extremely hot.