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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Station Improvement funding for Bat & Ball and Sevenoaks

Govia Thameslink Rail have extended the timetable for suggestions on how to spend their fine for last years’ timetable meltdown. They are seeking views by 31 August.

Their team will be at our local stations in the next few days. They will be at:

  • Sevenoaks:   Tuesday 20th August, 4pm to 7pm, to ask how to spend  £30,000
  • Bat & Ball: Wednesday 21st August, 7 am to 11 am to ask how to
    spend  £80,000

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How would you spend £340,000 to improve our stations?

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.

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Senior Railcard Moments January 2019

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 January 2019 inclusive = £15.60 (Southeastern £15.60, Thameslink £0)

This month’s delays: total 95 minutes, Southeastern 85, Thameslink 10

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