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.
Why are there announcements made on Thameslink class 700 trains as they approach Shoreham, when heading towards London, advising passengers to move forward from the last coach if they wish to detrain at Shoreham because there is a short platform? … Continue reading
The Fat Controller in my son’s Thomas Tank Engine books complains about “confusion and delays” and that’s explains the situation on our Thameslink train services from Eynsford. Many of us were dreading the new timetable because of its promise of … 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.
SRTA and the Greater London Assembly Transport Commitee have met and agreed on the benefits of extending TFL services and Oyster to Sevenoaks.