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 July 2019 inclusive = £47.60
(Southeastern £23.70, Southern £2.00, South Western Railway £6.62, Thameslink £4.90, Virgin £10.38). One claim outstanding.
This month’s delays: total 89 minutes, Southeastern 52, Thameslink 37
There was a small eruption on 29-30 January when Southeastern announced that on August Bank Holiday and for four working days afterwards there will be no Southeastern trains at Charing Cross, London Bridge and Waterloo East – and said:
“If you’re planning a holiday, please consider these dates”
We’ve been investigating what’s happening, why it is happening in the days after the Bank Holiday rather than earlier in August, and how customers were consulted.
Over Easter London Bridge work will mean there will be: no services to London Bridge, Waterloo East and Charing Cross on Friday 14 April and Saturday 15 April. no services to Cannon Street on Friday 14 April to Monday 17 … Continue reading
A total of 187 minutes delay – Southeastern 59, Thameslink 128. Delay Repay Claims; total 1 January 2016 to 30 September 2016 inclusive = £87.10 with three claims outstanding against Thameslink Keith is a SRTA member and a regular commuter … Continue reading
Thameslink have launched a consultation on their 2018 timetable, including the Bat & Ball service and the new service to Maidstone East. It’s open for 12 weeks until 8 December.
An initial read shows that Sevenoaks area services are largely as expected, but with some disappointments:
- only hourly trains London Bridge to Maidstone East in the evenings.
- non-peak Darenth Valley trains will not go beyond Blackfriars.
We’ll be studying the document carefully and responding fully.
I went to London Bridge station last night to take a look round and was lucky enough to witness the chaos between six and seven pm. I wasn’t in any particular hurry to get home and wanted to observe how Southeastern managed the situation of signalling problems compounded by a failed train on platform 8. What I saw looked like an unimpressive response from Southeastern with lacklustre command and control and some puzzling decision making that left passengers fraught and frustrated.