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How long does it take to clear a drain?

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No this isn’t the start of a corny joke but a sad reflection of Southeastern’s priorities. With their contract on a seemingly never-ending direct award rollover, expenses are under tighter control than ever. Sadly, that seems to include failing to care about raw sewage. One of our members reported a leaking drain to Southeastern and […]

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TLC submits evidence to the Williams Review

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Tonbridge Line Commuters has provided written evidence to a major review of Britain’s railways.  The review is being led by Keith Williams, a former chairman and chief executive of British Airways, and has a brief to make recommendations to the Government on the most effective organisational and commercial structures to support a successful railway. Several matters […]

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Help us improve Hildenborough station

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Southeastern is asking for your views on which of their stations could benefit from a Government fund designed to help provided ‘step-free access’ for passengers. We feel that Hildenborough station fits the bill perfectly. Our proposal is a ramp that could be built from platform 2 up to the road (Rings Hill). Not only will […]

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Southeastern’s summer shorts – passengers feel the heat

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During August, Southeastern has reduced the number of carriages on several peak time services. These are: 08:14 Tonbridge / 08:19 Hildenborough to Cannon Street 17:41 Tonbridge / 17:45 Hildenborough to Charing Cross 18:41 Charing Cross to Tonbridge and Paddock Wood We strongly suggest that travellers avoid the 18:41 from Charing Cross if at all possible […]

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TLC welcomes plugging of gap in trains to Hildenborough

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Those travelling from Tonbridge to Hildenborough in the evening rush hour have highlighted an unwelcome feature of the May 2018 timetable, namely a gap in departures of over an hour.  The May timetable included no trains from Tonbridge to Hildenborough between 17:00 and 18:01. Following TLC raising the issue, Southeastern has confirmed that from Monday 2 July the […]

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Annual General Meeting – 31 May 2018

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Our 2018 Annual General Meeting was held on Thursday 31 May at 19:30 in the Vauxhall Room of the Angel Centre in central Tonbridge. As part of the formal business of the AGM, Chairman John Reynolds gave a report highlighting several successes and challenges over the past year, including around the timetable in the next South Eastern franchise.  […]

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Gatwick Airport station upgrade – a missed opportunity?

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Earlier this month, Network Rail (in partnership with Gatwick Airport Ltd) applied for planning permission to upgrade Gatwick Airport station. This is being described as a “transformation” and boasts: Almost doubling the size of the rail station concourse Eight new escalators, five new lifts and four new stairways to improve accessibility and passenger flow Widening […]