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Government is about to let #SouthernFail off the hook again

In what one campaign group has today described to Inside Croydon as “outrageous news”, the Department of Transport is close to handing a six-year rail operator’s renewal contract to Govia Thameslink Railway, who run trains through East Croydon, South Croydon … Continue reading

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Southern say they won’t increase rail services before mid-May

Our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON, on some disappointing news for communters It could be another eight weeks, at least, before Southern and Thameslink rail services running through East Croydon and Norwood Junction return to anything even resembling a full timetable. … Continue reading

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£81.3m fine strengthens case against Southern’s new franchise

The companies behind Southern and Thameslink railways cannot be trusted and should not be given a franchise renewal at the end of March argue campaign groups who helped uncover a massive fares fraud. JEREMY CLACKSON, transport correspondent, reports Rail passenger … Continue reading

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Southern offers hope of relief from East Croydon Crush Hour

After nearly three months of misery heaped on inconvenience, long-suffering Southern and Thameslink passengers think they might just be about to spot some light at the end of a very long tunnel of poor service. Southern has this morning issued … Continue reading

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Rail works to cut off Purley and East Croydon for rest of month

Rail passengers in south London and the south-east, after having had direct journeys into Victoria closed off during December and January, now face nine days later this month when routes to the south of the Brighton Main Line are shut … Continue reading

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Commuters start legal case to re-nationalise Southern Rail

Campaign group Bring Back British Rail has today begun a crowdfunded legal action to challenge the Tory government and take the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern rail franchise back into public ownership. Southern has acquired a richly deserved reputation as … Continue reading

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200 fewer trains per day after Govia’s latest timetable cuts

The rail operators running Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express “services” are providing 200 trains a day less than they were running this time last month. That’s according to a senior official at Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR). All services into Victoria … Continue reading

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Govia now announces train cancellations ‘until further notice’

Insiders suspect that poor driver recruitment and a desire to avoid fines are behind the latest service cancellations. PLUS: Full details of the Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express cancelled services Commuters, shoppers and tourists wanting to travel into central London … Continue reading

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No train services to Victoria Station for 10 days after Christmas

There will be no rail services between East Croydon, Streatham, Clapham Junction and Victoria from Christmas Day until Monday January 3, as major track and signalling work is carried out. After Boxing Day, there will be a (reduced and covid-affected) … Continue reading

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#SouthernFail say they’re ‘very sorry’, they just can’t manage

Govia Thameslink Railway say they are “very sorry” for the shoddy service they have been providing all year, but particularly in August, on Southern and Thameslink trains, but they continue to blame the “Pingdemic” for driver shortages and short-notice cancellations. … 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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#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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