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Report: Axing rail staff undermines billions in investment

An influential disability accessibility group which advises the government has described the current staffing on some south London rail stations as ‘completely inadequate’. By our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON A confidential report on workforce “reforms” on the railways from government … Continue reading

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Biggest rail strike for 30 years could see network in meltdown

Even Southern, a rail network where its workers are not striking, is asking passengers not to travel next week. By JEREMY CLACKSON, transport correspondent Train operators are appealing to their regular passengers and commuters not to travel next week, when … Continue reading

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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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Fraud squad sent in over £25m Southeastern ‘breach of faith’

Govia, the rail operators who run the Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express franchises through East Croydon, have been stripped of their Southeastern operation and face a possible Serious Fraud Office investigation into the withholding of £25million of payments going back … 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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U-turn on the railway as Govia reinstate services for September

Less than a month since announcing a much-reduced service for passengers across south London, Govia Thameslink Railway – who also operate Southern Rail – have released details of revised timetables from September 6, with more trains to coincide with the … Continue reading

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How the timetable changes will affect your rail journey

Here is the detailed briefing note from Govia Thameslink on the timetable and service changes. As there was a reduction to five Thameslink and Southern routes from July 26, to help understand the changes on a route-by-route basis, the guide … Continue reading

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Thameslink can’t blame covid for service cuts, says Pidgeon

Swingeing cuts to rail services by Govia Thameslink Railway have caused one London Assembly Member to declare that she is “totally unsatisfied with the timetable GTR are providing”. Among the worst-affected are those who used to travel from Purley and … Continue reading

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Network Rail warns of major disruption on Brighton mainline

Emergency work to replace two damaged rails on the Brighton mainline means passengers on the route are being urged to only travel if necessary this Sunday morning. Engineers will start work late on Saturday night between East Croydon and Redhill, … Continue reading

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After 22 years, Thameslink is back on London’s Tube map

After a break of 22 years, London’s Tube map is back on track as far as Thameslink is concerned. Thameslink, which includes services from East Croydon, Norwood Junction, Purley, Sutton and Wimbledon into London Bridge, Blackfriars and St Pancras, will … Continue reading

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Railway group launches appeal to sock it to homelessness

Govia Thameslink Railway, the country’s largest rail network which operates services through East Croydon, South Croydon, Selhurst and Norwood Junction stations on Southern and Thameslink routes, will join forces once with a variety of its regional charity partners again this … 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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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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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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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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Station exhibition recalls an age when trains ran on time

With all the comedy mis-timing of Tommy Cooper, Network Rail chose this week to unveil a history exhibition at London Bridge to celebrate the station’s 180th anniversary. Yes, that Network Rail that the Tory Government has decided that it wants … Continue reading

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