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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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Commuters in mass protests as 2.7% rail fare hike hits

Passenger action groups across the country are staging a day of protest today against above-inflation fare rises on rail and bus services, and calling for a national referendum over re-nationalising the railways. Rail commuters faced their first day back at … Continue reading

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East Croydon’s ‘Bridge To Nowhere’ may never be completed

In an example of how public infrastructure planning functions and a demonstration of the legal negotiation skills of the transport and council authorities, a £22million public works project could be demolished before it is ever completed. Transport correspondent JEREMY CLACKSON … Continue reading

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Victoria Station faces 12-day shutdown over Christmas period

Christmas is a’coming, just not by train (again). If you’re planning on going anywhere in central London over the end-of-year period, you might as well as forget trying to do so by train, as Southern has announced a host of … 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: There’s no need to cancel night trains

Suspicions mount over the true reason behind Southern withdrawing overnight trains from Victoria to East Croydon, as our transport correspondent JEREMY CLACKSON reports There has never been any real need to cancel all though-the-night train services between Victoria and East … Continue reading

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East Croydon has 3 of the 5 worst train journeys in Britain

Three of the five most overcrowded and uncomfortable rail services in the country operate out of East Croydon, it has been reported today. The news is further evidence – not that any is needed – for those commuters who endure … 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: New MP Jones questions on the Gibb Report

Sarah Jones, the new MP for Croydon Central, has wasted no time in trying to hold the Government to account over its mismanagement of the Southern Rail crisis, as yesterday she tabled five written questions on the subject to Chris … Continue reading

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Commuters to get their day in court over #SouthernFail

Transport correspondent JEREMY CLACKSON on the latest twist in the legal battle between the public and the Government The commuter campaign group ABC – the Association of British Commuters – is to get its day in court at the Royal … Continue reading

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Philp won by a landslide – as Most Useless MP in Rail Crisis

The Association of British Commuters has rejected claims (mainly from those members of the Croydon Conservatives who rarely have to use trains) that last week’s award to Croydon South’s Chris Philp for being “the Most Useless MP in the Southern … Continue reading

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Philp is recognised as ‘most useless MP’ in Southern crisis

JEREMY CLACKSON, our transport correspondent, went full black-tie last night to attend a less-than-lavish gala awards Three cheers for Chris Philp. There’s recognition, at last, for the Conservative MP for Croydon South, for all his posturing and hot air over … 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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2001 – A Space Oddity has arrived on Platforms 5 and 6

Whimsy appears to be taking over at East Croydon Station. It already has its Bridge to Nowhere, a £22 million edifice which, almost four years after “completion”, remains unfinished with no access on the Addiscombe side of the station. Now, … Continue reading

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Coulsdon commuters deserve much more than compensation

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Offering refunds to Southern Rail passengers does nothing to improve the dreadful service endured by the forgotten commuters of Coulsdon South, says CHARLES KING Rather than resolving the problems faced daily by Croydon commuters travelling to and from … Continue reading

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Philp backs ‘gesture’ rail refund as train fares are hiked again

Transport correspondent JEREMY CLACKSON on a government announcement intended to divert from the news that rail commuters are about to get shafted again Rather than actually sorting out the on-going crisis over the terrible service provided by the operator that … Continue reading

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‘Vile’ Southern facing new staffing crisis of their own creation

The industrial dispute which is blighting rail commuters’ lives on a daily basis is a long way from reaching the end of the line. After a week in which Govia Thameslink’s social media appeal to passengers back-fired spectacularly, forcing the … Continue reading

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Southern Failway: Strip them of franchise now, says Tory MP

Day 3 of Southern’s ’emergency timetable’ and now a Croydon Conservative MP has joined London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Green MP Caroline Lucas in calling for the operator to lose its franchise immediately. By our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON Chris … Continue reading

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Southern Failways: Timetable cuts are ‘act of desperation’

As Southern starts its new timetable this morning, operating only 85 per cent of the service it agreed to provide, JEREMY CLACKSON, our transport correspondent, reports that taxpayers will be footing the huge compensation bill arising from the cancelled services … Continue reading

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Signs of the times: notices go up of ticket office closures

Where “modernising” actually means staff cuts, cost-cutting and questionable levels of on-going service.

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