When travelling beyond London, it is always worth comparing the prices of different options for tickets from Bat & Ball/Sevenoaks to your ultimate destination. It’s particularly important to compare the cost of one ticket to the final destination against the … Continue reading
In the February edition of “Live Rail” magazine there is an interesting article comparing rail only season ticket prices around the country for similar distances. The following extract will be of interest to Sevenoaks commuters: – … Continue reading
Our Bat & Ball correspondent, Keith Alderman, has retired. However he’s now making good use of his Senior Railcard! This month’s delays (from five days travelling): total 43 minutes, Southeastern 37, Thameslink 6. Delay Repay Claims; total 1 January 2018 to 31 … Continue reading
The 2018 fares have just been announced. An annual Standard Class season ticket from Sevenoaks to Charing Cross or Cannon Street, currently £3,380, will increase to an eye-watering £3,500. As usual, Sevenoaks commuters are being gouged. Similar length commuter journeys … Continue reading
As most readers will know very few Thameslink service on the Sevenoaks route are due to have first accommodation. So standard class ticket holders may occupy the first-class areas on the class 700 trains. I have discovered that it would … Continue reading
There’s a problem with tickets issued with the Goldcard discount for holders of annual season tickets. It seems that the ticket barriers are programmed not to open automatically with them. Instead the customer is expected go to the ticket barrier staff to have their ticket and their card inspected. That’s inconvenient and wastes time.
The assumption of the rail companies seems to be that a customer using a Gold Card discounted ticket is a criminal until proved otherwise.
That’s a strange way for a business to treat its most loyal customers.Continue reading