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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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Light at the end of the tunnel for London Bridge commuters

Maybe there is some light at the end of the (railway) tunnel for Croydon commuters who have to endure daily disruption to their journeys into London. Because as well as the calamitous mishandling of staff and services by Govia Thameslink, … Continue reading

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Croydon disconnected by Easter tram and road closures

Croydon residents, workers and businesses will be disconnected by road, tram and train over Easter, as they face a third successive Bank Holiday weekend of transport disruption, delays and inconvenience. Engineering works will see the main railway line into Victoria … Continue reading

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The 18.19 to Coulsdon South: it’s no way to run a railway

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Has Chris Philp got his railway lines crossed? Or is he simply doing a bit of grandstanding? NICK DAVIES takes issue with his constituency MP over the real problems with our commuter services Chris Philp can shout at … Continue reading

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Tory MP says he will back call for Southern to lose franchise

Chris Philp, the new Conservative MP for Croydon South, is to hold what he calls an “emergency summit” next month with the rail minister and railway company chief executives, over what he calls “the particularly terrible service of the recent … Continue reading

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Don’t panic! ‘Railageddon’ is about to arrive in south London

It’s not just local news websites which are being alarmist about the shut down of a wide range of rail services over the holiday period, beginning as soon as tomorrow evening. The rail companies are getting a bit panicky, too. … Continue reading

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Purley engineering works means more rail disruption

If you’re hoping to visit Auntie Edna in Brighton over Christmas, or maybe take in the pantomime at the Palladium or embark on some New Year sales shopping down Oxford Street, then you had better not plan to travel by … Continue reading

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Coulsdon commuters offered reduced services by Southern

When the Tannoy system at Coulsdon Town station next announces “Mind The Gap”, they won’t be referring to the distance between platform and train carriage, but the length of time until the next timetabled service on the line. The residents … Continue reading

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London Bridge is falling down… on services for rail commuters

Commuters who travel from East Croydon into London Bridge on the Thameslink service face more than three years’ disruption, with journey times almost doubled during major engineering and re-building work at the city terminus. Thameslink has been leafleting passengers and … Continue reading

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Bridge of Size: Croydon commuters get a shock

The tens of thousands of Croydon commuters who travel in to London for work each day via London Bridge or Charing Cross will have got a bit of a shock as they neared their destination this morning.

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