Four months on, still no progress on Bat & Ball footbridge lights

It’s now over four months since I first reported, on 20 September, that two lights on the Bat & Ball footbridge were not working. I would have expected that repair of faulty lights on a footbridge should have a high priority because of the passenger safety implications.

I’ve now had a response from Southeastern:

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Senior Railcard Moments – January 2020

Inspection cover, platform 6A,
Derby station.

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 2020 to 31 January 2020 inclusive = £2.30
(Southeastern £2.30, Thameslink £0). One claim outstanding.

This month’s delays: total 113 minutes, Southeastern 109, Thameslink 4

Thursday 2 January – My first journey of the year. My Day Travelcard has increased to £11.55 from £11.20, 3.125%.

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Southeastern tickets now refundable online

I used Southeastern’s Website to buy some tickets recently and a problem occurred, the site locked, when it resumed working, I did not notice that one ticket I required had been duplicated before I paid for the tickets.

Accordingly, I did not collect the tickets and contacted Southeastern Customer Services to enquire about cancelling the duplicate ticket. I was advised that this can be done online and was directed to the relevant part of the Website.

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Advance tickets: it sometimes pays to wait

I wanted to buy some tickets to travel to Bristol in March. When I checked on National Rail Enquiries site for Advance Single tickets on the first day that they should have been available the only ones offered were from Bat & Ball to Bristol changing onto the Bakerloo line at Elephant and Castle. Changing at Elephant and Castle is not very convenient. Only Anytime Returns were available for travel via Sevenoaks and London Bridge costing £62.45.

I decided to check on a daily basis for Advance Single tickets via Sevenoaks and London Bridge to become available. These did become available five days later; my outward journey cost £15.20 and the return £13.20. A saving of £34.05!

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