Peak HS train loading information now available

Written on:March 9, 2015
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trainloadAs promised in last weeks Stakeholder meeting, loading information for peak trains into/out of St. Pancras has now been made available on the Southeastern website.

Click here to view this data.

The loading information highlights the problems on the 18:07 and 18:37 evening trains, as well as the general overcrowding on the morning trains into London.

Hopefully, things will be made better in May when a timetable change for evening peak trains has been mooted. For more detail on this, please read the previous article.

Evening overcrowding – ending in May?

Written on:March 4, 2015

This afternoon I attended a Southeastern Stakeholder meeting at the rather grand library at 61 Whitehall. The format was pretty much the same as the previous meeting, with the usual presentation by the panel to begin with and then a round of Q&A covering pretty much the same unresolvable points that were raised previously.     Two interesting bits of news were disclosed in the presentation however: From next month,…

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New timetable Monday, no evening seats?

Written on:January 11, 2015

The new timetable starts this Monday. This timetable will see substantial changes to services from all of our stations, both on and off peak. Some of these changes may lead to busier trains, particulary in the evening peak. This problem is analysed later on in this article. The timetable changes are summarised as follows:   High speed London-bound high-speed trains in the morning will leave at the following times: 0545/56/58 from…

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Westenhanger Parkway station

Written on:December 1, 2014

  There’s recently been some press relating to a proposed Westenhanger Parkway station. Damian Collins MP has also given his full support to the scheme. It is my opinion that building this new station is a bad idea – and below is my reasoning :     First of all, and perhaps most foremost, this will increase journey times to Folkestone and Dover since it will involve another stop. At a time when there…

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Leaf fall timetable 2014

Written on:September 30, 2014

Next week sees the start of the leaf fall timetable which will mean some trains will be leaving up to 4 minutes earlier. I was only made aware of this this morning and, if you cut it fine like me, you’ll want to know the following: 06:42/:53/:56 will leave 4 minutes earlier at 06:38/:49:/:52 07:16/:27/:30 will leave 2 minutes earlier at 07:14/:25/:28 Train times from Dover/Folkestone Central/Folkestone West respectively. Monday to…

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Folkestone West car park “official” opening

Written on:July 29, 2014

This morning, I attended the official opening of the £1.7M Folkestone West car park. Although it has now been open for months, local dignitaries (Councillor David Monk, Damien Collins MP) as well as Rail Minister Baroness Kramer came down to cut the ribbon.       Below is a gallery of photos I took at this event: [print_gllr id=270 display=medium] Although I don’t park at the station myself, one thing I…

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January 2015 draft timetable summary

Written on:June 30, 2014

The new winter draft timetable will see substantial changes to train times to/from Folkestone and Dover. High-speed trains from London will depart at xx:37 instead of xx:12 during the day from January 2015. Along with the clock-face flip above, quite a lot of other services/service patterns will be altered. Below is a summary of the good and bad points of these timetable changes from our perspective:   The good A…

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Stakeholder meeting and station updates

Written on:May 21, 2014

This evening, I had the pleasure of attending my first Southeastern stakeholder meeting. The format was basically a few slides going through operational/performance-related detail followed by a Q&A session. I won’t go into the detail of the meeting itself but a few interesting points were made – which I’ll list below: The 9:45/:56/:58 from Dover/Folkestone/West at weekends will have 12 coaches instead of 6 due to overcrowding. Westenhanger and Sandling…

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2013 passenger figures

Written on:April 15, 2014

Over the last few months, there’s been a lot of press, both in the Folkestone Herald and the Dover Express, concerning the removal of a Folkestone stop to speed up times to London further down the line. Some of these articles merely state ‘improvement in journey times’ and the apparent absurdity of having two stops so close to each other as justification for the removal of one of the stops….

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Dover Priory Station Update

Written on:March 18, 2014

After some considerable effort and what seemed like a conveyor belt of station managers, at long last Dover Big Local has made contact with the current station manager and agreed a meeting to discuss how we integrate the station into the community. Our initial action plan will be to sot out and revamp the flower beds both outside the station by the bicycle stands and the one on platform 1….

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