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It’s ok not to be ok: East Croydon station gets the message

Commuters using East Croydon station this morning will have seen their route to the platforms made more colourful by a series of artful messages, installed by Govia Thameslink Railway across some of its busiest transport hubs today – Suicide Prevention … Continue reading

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Train operators offer advice for travelling in the ‘new normal’

 During this coronavirus pandemic, not everyone works in No10 and can just drive to Barnard Castle when they fancy a day out. But as lockdown measures are eased, and there’s a gradual return to work for some, railway operators … Continue reading

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All aboard! Thameslink repaints trains in support of NHS

Govia Thameslink has today announced that they have re-painted three of their trains to reflect the public support for the NHS and key-workers. Of course, in this time of covid-19 emergency, transport workers are key workers, too – the rising … Continue reading

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Govia Thameslink expand apprentice scheme to plug skills gap

Ramla Abshir-Slevin will have had easier days at the office since starting as East Croydon Station’s apprentice station manager last month. Yesterday, the 32-year-old and her colleagues had to cope with having the station, one of the busiest in south-east … Continue reading

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#RailRevolution: activists join forces to protest 3% fare rise

Sick of rising rail fares and chaotic commuting? Tired of the endless tinkering with our broken privatised railway system? On Wednesday, just as rail fares across the country go up by an inflation-busting 3.1 per cent – following 12 months … Continue reading

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Southern could have acted to avoid £2 cash machine charges

Southern Rail, possibly the world’s least popular train operators, could have taken steps to ensure that their passengers would not be subject to £2 transaction charges at the cash machines by East Croydon and other stations – but they chose … Continue reading

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Rail timetable taking the ‘freedom’ out of Freedom Passes

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Just managing to get to a routine hospital appointment feels ‘like I am planning a military campaign’ for MARGARET LEE, right, under Southern and Thameslink’s new timetable I have just read your article, Freedom Pass users left to … Continue reading

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Govia refuse to attend scrutiny meeting to discuss rail chaos

The chair of Croydon Council’s scrutiny committee has expressed his “strong disappointment” to Govia Thameslink Railway at their failure to send anyone to tonight’s Town Hall meeting that is to look at the chaos affecting tens of thousands of Croydon … Continue reading

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MP Jones’s letter on rail chaos increases pressure on Grayling

MPs from commuter constituencies across southern England are demanding action from the Transport Secretary. But Croydon South’s Chris Philp is not among them, as JEREMY CLACKSON reports Calls for the resignation of the Transport Secretary and for Govia Thameslink to … Continue reading

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It’s Meltdown Monday as Southern’s new train timetable bites

Entirely predictably, Govia Thameslink, the operators in charge of Southern train services, have caused complete chaos with their new timetable, as our transport correspondent JEREMY CLACKSON reports No one needed to study the works of Nostradamus to predict the train … Continue reading

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Freedom Pass-users left to wait by Southern’s new timetable

JEREMY CLACKSON, our transport correspondent, on the emerging problems of ‘clustering’ of rail services under Southern and Thameslink’s new timetable, which is due to begin – as long as there are no delays – on Sunday At Victoria Station this … Continue reading

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£2,000 per year season ticket and Purley service to get worse

Our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON, on the discovery of our loyal reader that finds some serious flaws in the new rail timetable to be implemented in a fortnight’s time The devil, as the over-used saying goes, is always in the … Continue reading

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Timetable promises to get commuter trains back on track

What does the timetable changes later this month do for the rail users of Croydon and Sutton? CHARLES KING takes a look In March, Charles Horton, the chief executive of Govia Thameslink Railway, stated in the Metro newspaper that the … Continue reading

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May Day! #SouthernFail get in their excuses for new timetable

Promising the biggest overhaul of commuter network timetables for decades, Southern and Thameslink’s boss does not sound too confident, reports transport correspondent JEREMY CLACKSON Could the end of Croydon rail passengers’ misery be within sight? Passengers on new Thameslink trains … Continue reading

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#SouthernFail: 94% of Croydon rush hour services are late

JEREMY CLACKSON, our transport correspondent, on a report that confirms the bleedin’ obvious A National Audit Office report has confirmed what Croydon commuters have known for more than three years: they daily endure the worst train performance in the whole … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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#SouthernFail: Rail closures promise Boxing Day chaos

Southern’s apology for a rail service looks set to create traffic chaos on the roads in and around south London on Boxing Day and in the week following, when Brighton supporters drive up from the south coast for their game … Continue reading

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#SouthernFail: Victoria night services to be axed permanently

JEREMY CLACKSON, transport correspondent, on the latest, inevitable erosion of rail services by stealth for Croydon Southern Railway’s effort to reduce services out of Victoria on the Brighton line, via East Croydon, will take another big step forward at noon … Continue reading

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‘Stooge’ Philp draws scorn for Walter Mitty role in rail dispute

Transport reporter JEREMY CLACKSON on a breakthrough in the dispute on Southern trains, as the unions call off industrial action after agreeing to talks with the minister following much hard lobbying by commuter group ABC Chris Philp, the Tory MP … Continue reading

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Southern Rail’s £13.4m fine is ‘less than a slap on the wrist’

Transport correspondent JEREMY CLACKSON reports on the latest shameful piece of Tory mismanagement of commuter rail links Chris Grayling today maintained the Conservative Government’s absurd charade over the scandalous levels of poor service on the south London commuter rail network, … Continue reading

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#SouthernFail The Musical makes a song and dance over trains

The appalling poor service suffered by commuters who have to use Southern Rail is about to be turned into a stage musical. Reporting by JEREMY CLACKSON, transport correspondent, and BELLA BARTOCK, arts editor The possible musical numbers that could be … Continue reading

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Tories withhold ‘dynamite’ report on commuter rail crisis

Transport correspondent JEREMY CLACKSON on how the Tories have suppressed a highly critical report on the failures of their government over the commuter chaos on Southern, and why some of the report’s recommendations may already have been implemented Just like … Continue reading

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Southern never consulted TfL about late night timetable cuts

Our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON, reports on how the train operators are railroading through their plans for reduced overnight services to south London and the coast Transport for London was not consulted over the timetable changes to be introduced at … Continue reading

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Commuters launch Judicial Review to hold Grayling to account

Local Tories, who for the past couple of months have been disingenuously pumping out the party line that it is the unions who are responsible for the appalling mismanagement of Southern Rail services, will be dismayed to learn that a … Continue reading

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Rail strikes are the symptom, not the cause, of the problem

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Like thousands of other local commuters, CATHERINE SHELLEY has been affected by the long-running rail dispute. She says that the real problem lies with Southern Rail’s mismanagement, aided by the Tory Government On a weekday evening at Victoria … Continue reading

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