This page contains links to recent news stories affecting rail users.
Rail Minister has met the Deputy Mayor to discuss rail services in London (30 January 2020). In an answer to oral questions from two local MPs, the Rail Minister said that he had met the Deputy Mayor, Heidi Alexander, and had a conversation about transferring Southeastern services to TfL. The Hansard report can be read here Hansard 30 Jan 2020
Rail Minister announces next Southeastern franchise will fit into the conclusions of the Williams review. (21 January 2020). In a Westminster Hall debate, the Rail Minister said the Williams rail review will be published as a White Paper “shortly” for consultation, to be followed by legislation. He said it is likely that franchising is not the way forward and another model will be introduced quite swiftly.
Huge increase in passenger numbers. The Office of Rail and Road published (14 January 2020) estimates of station usage in 2018/19. Compared with 2017/18, the Greenwich line saw an increase of 48.7% in total passenger numbers, up to 7.6m. Deptford had 1.8m passengers (+68.8%), Greenwich 3.6m (+43%), Maze Hill 1.2m (+53.7%) and Westcombe Park 1m (+34.4%)
GLUG submits formal objection to the proposed Fan Zone in Greenwich Park during Euro 2020. The Users’ Group has objected to the planning application, on the grounds that the transport planning is flawed, the rail service and proposed mitigation measures are inadequate, and the risk to the security of passengers at stations and on trains. A copy of the objection can be seen here Response to Fan Zone planning application
Southeastern to reduce train services in the period 15 -23 February 2020. During this period, the Bexleyheath line will be closed to allow Network Rail to carry out work to strengthen the embankments at Barnehurst. The train service that runs from Cannon Street to Cannon Street via Greenwich and Barnehurst will not run, reducing the daytime off peak service to 4 trains an hour. GLUG objected to this reduction in our train service because of work being carried out elsewhere, and put forward alternatives but none of these were accepted.
Southeastern introduces Delay Repay 15 (11 September 2019). Passengers whose journeys are delayed by 15 minutes or more can now claim compensation through the Delay Repay scheme. The compensation for a delay of 15-29 minutes is 25% of the cost of a single ticket, or 12.5% of the cost of a return ticket. This brings the Company into line with Thameslink. For details, follow this link Delay Repay15
Southeastern franchise competition cancelled (7 August 2019). The DfT has announced they are cancelling the competition for the next Southeastern franchise. The new franchise was due to start in April 2019 but problems have beset the competition and only two bidders were left in it, GoVia (the current operator) and Abellio. Now the present operator will continue until April 2020 whilst DfT consider what happens after that. Southeastern announcement
Angerstein Wharf foot crossing reprieved for the time being (13 April 2019). Network Rail have said that closure of this crossing will not go ahead pending a review. [It was closed over Easter due to engineering work, but has since re-opened with new gates across the footpath]
Angerstein Wharf foot crossing to be closed (6 April 2019). Network Rail intend to close the foot crossing over the Angerstein Wharf freight line used by passengers in the Fairthorn Road/Gurdon Road area and the Victoria Way development to reach Westcombe Park station. A YouTube video of the crossing can be seen here: London’s only foot crossing
The Mayor of London calls for TfL to take over responsibility for rail infrastructure (27 March 2019). This is part of TfL’s submission to the Rail Review (see below). TfL also repeat their view that National Rail Metro routes should be transferred to them. The Press Release can be read here TfL press release, and their submission here TfL submission
Westminster Hall debate on rail services in the South East (6 March 2019). The debate can be read here: Westminster Hall debate
The Government has announced the Terms of Reference for the review of the rail industry, and the names of the Expert Panel Rail Review