Tag Archives: Southern Railway

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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#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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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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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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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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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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Trains, planes and Delay Repay: New York here I come

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Another week, another round of rail disruption. But Shirley resident KIRSTIE SMITH has found a silver lining on her daily commute into London I’m heading to New York at the end of the year.  Nothing exceptional about that, … 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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MP Philp’s no strike rail plan reaches the bellend of the line

Chris Philp, the Tory MP for Croydon South, has been slapped down by No10 Downing Street today over what a spokesman for his own Conservative Prime Minister described as an “unhelpful” intervention in the Southern Railways industrial dispute, just as … 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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Southern Failways: Passengers plan mass demo at Victoria

Our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON, reports on the latest exhibition of discontent from angry commuters Commuters are planning possibly the biggest demonstration yet against Southern Rail’s poor service and the Tory government’s role in undermining the railway network, to be … Continue reading

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‘Normal’ service is resumed, but 2018 plans are incomplete

A consultation on supposed “improvements” to Southern and Thameslink train services, and those on Transport for London’s Overground, appear to have wiped Gipsy Hill and Thornton Heath stations from the rail maps, while muddling several existing services. JEREMY CLACKSON, our … Continue reading

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Southern Failways: Tory Government backs rail operator

Our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON, on how the Department of Transport’s idea of stepping in to improve commuter services is to axe 350 trains per day Chris Philp, the Croydon South MP who has spent more than a year playing … Continue reading

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Southern Failways: Has MP Philp been making empty threats?

An alternative story behind Southern Railway’s constant cancellations of commuter services continues to emerge. As our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON, reports, some train drivers say that the Department for Transport is partially responsible, as the Tory Government experiments with our … Continue reading

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Southern Failways: The train driver’s story

“Make no mistake, GTR are coming after their own staff like the KGB and Stasi.” That’s from a Southern Railway train driver who claims the company’s management is actively preventing staff operating timetabled services. By our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON … Continue reading

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Danger on the rail tracks: urgent need to fix overcrowding

CROYDON COMMENTARY: A Tory MP has demanded that Southern should lose its franchise for operating services from Coulsdon, Purley and Croydon into London. But for regular commenter ROD DAVIES, the acute overcrowding of trains between East Croydon and London Bridge … Continue reading

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Tory MP demands rail service be handed to TfL ‘immediately’

Nearly a year after first making the threat, Chris Philp, the MP for Croydon South, has written to the transport minister to demand the immediate withdrawal of the multi-million-pound franchise from Govia Thameslink Railway for operating Southern and other commuter … Continue reading

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MP Philp’s running late on promised action over rail service

Chris Philp, Croydon South’s new(ish) Tory MP, has probably made more appearances on Channel 4 News, Daily Politics and Newsnight to peddle his party line so far this year than he’s managed to post information for his constituents on his … Continue reading

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Commuters call on Philp to carry out his threat to Southern

Commuters in Croydon are calling on local MP Chris Philp to carry out his threat to demand that Southern Railway be stripped of its train-operating franchise as a consequence of the abysmal level of service. Philp has pursued the populist … Continue reading

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