Our local MP, Laura Trott has arranged a 30 minute public meeting with Rail Minister, Chris Heaton-Harris, about the government’s failure to provide the long awaited Maidstone East to Cambridge fast service. The meeting will start at 17.30 on December 14th 2020.
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.
Please let us know what you think? Decisions will be taken end July, and GTR will give extra weight to passenger groups like ours.
Those out late in London need to check the times of their last trains in the new timetable from 20 May. In particular the last services from Charing Cross vary during the week. On Monday to Wednesday the last train … Continue reading
SRTA Supporter Babette Wood writes from Otford: The City Thameslink Service from Otford has been completely unreliable in November. To add insult to injury Southeastern are issuing penalty fares to people who are left in the predicament of either jumping … 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.
From 2018 there will be an all-day “Thameslink” service from Maidstone East to Cambridge. There will be two trains an hour of 8 cars, calling at West Malling, Borough Green, Otford and Swanley, then fast to London Bridge, Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon … Continue reading