It’s official: East Croydon has the worst train service in Britain

Commuters on the 09.24 Caterham to Victoria, stopping at Purley, South Croydon and East Croydon along the way, won’t need telling this, and probably would rather not be reminded of this, either, but they are officially enduring the worst train service in the country.

In 2017, that train service was late 240 times.

In the month of October, the 09.24 was late on every day except one – and then it was cancelled.

In fact, according to research by the Daily Mirror, Govia Thameslink, who operate Southern Rail through East Croydon, had three of the 10 worst “services” in Britain. Last week, rail fares went up 3.4 per cent – the biggest price rise in five years. Labour wants to renationalise the rail franchises, such as Southern.

The 09.24 is meant to complete its journey in 52 minutes, arriving in centra lLondon at 10.16, after stops at Whyteleafe South, Whyteleafe, Kenley, Purley, Purley Oaks, South Croydon, East Croydon, Selhurst, Thornton Heath, Norbury, Streatham Common, Balham, Wandsworth Common, Clapham Junction and Battersea Park.

Another Southern service, the 17:28 Brighton to Victoria, was reckoned to be the third worst journey in the country, with 238 late arrivals.

Well worth £1,592… the price since Tuesday of the cheapest annual season ticket for the East Croydon to Victoria journey.

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1 Response to It’s official: East Croydon has the worst train service in Britain

  1. Nick Davies says:

    I thought Chris Philp had single-handedly sorted all of this out, and thanks to him GoDire is up there with the world’s fiinest. Or am I missing something?

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