On Thursday 16th April 2015 the Managing Director of local train company Southeastern joined us to get a taste of commuting between Tonbridge and London. David Statham joined Southeastern in September 2014, having previously been Managing Director of First Capital Connect, and has decided to get to know his new railway first hand by travelling with a selection of typical commuters on their regular journeys.
Mr Statham joined TLC committee member John Morton on the 18:20 from Charing Cross to Tonbridge. The journey went relatively smoothly, unlike on the previous Monday morning when there were was major signalling problems following an engineering work overrun at London Bridge. Mr Statham expressed his disappointment about what had happened on Monday morning, which seemed to come down to a lapse in Network Rail project management following a major effort to ensure the successful completion of engineering works over Easter.
During the journey we were able to raise a number of key issues with the Managing Director. These included:
David Statham has asked us to send him a copy of our Issues Log in order that he can investigate these points more fully. We've prepared as summary for him and will be holding him to his word. Meanwhile, we're glad to see that the management of Southeastern is taking a real interest in seeing the railway from the commuter's perspective - long may that continue.