This week we have launched a consultation on our December 2019 timetable proposals.
Quicker journeys on Highspeed services
Our proposed changes will make many journeys on Britain’s only Highspeed rail network even quicker. With quicker services between Ashford and Canterbury West in both directions and quicker services from Ramsgate and Margate.
Quicker journeys on Mainline services
Our proposals will also make journeys on many of our Mainline services quicker, building on the progress we made in shorten journey times in the May timetable revision. Passengers using a number of services to and from London Charing Cross and Victoria are in line to benefit from further reductions in journey time.
Increased boarding time to improve reliability
A limited number of stations will see a small increase in calling time at one or several of their station stops, to accommodate extra time needed for boarding from continuing growth in usage. All passengers will benefit from increased reliability, with an anticipated reduction in delays as a result of this change.
Submit your views
Full proposals are included in our December 2019 Timetable Consultation Document – attached to this newsletter.
There has recently been a large increase in reports from Kent residents receiving a TV Licensing phishing scam. Fraudsters are continuing to send out fake TV Licence refund emails that lead to convincing looking cloned websites in a bid to steal your bank account details.
TV Licensing’s tips for spotting a scam email
Check the email contains your name
Check the email address carefully for spelling
Check the content for spelling and grammar
Check the links go to the real TV Licensing website
The Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) is looking for volunteers (Independent Custody Visitors – ICVs) across Kent to visit Custody suites to check on the welfare and conditions of those held in police cells and report back to the PCC. This can be as often as once a month. In addition, ICVs attend training sessions, between two and four panel meetings a year, and an Annual General Meeting. The time commitment required is around three to five hours a month and all ICVs are asked to carry out at least one night-time visit a year (between 10pm and 6am).
The PCC’s recruitment drive closes on 1st July.
More information about ICVs, and the application form, can be found here:
We are today announcing the roll-out of 15-minute Delay Repay compensation, as part of a suite of passenger-focused improvements which will be introduced for Southeastern passengers by Autumn.
‘Delay Repay 15’ will mean passengers delayed by 15 minutes or more will receive money back to compensate them for the inconvenience, where currently compensation applies for delays over 30 minutes
David Statham, Southeastern’s Managing Director, said:
“I don’t want any of our passengers to be delayed, but if they are it’s really important that we compensate them properly.That’s why I’m delighted to announce these improvements to Delay Repay, which will make a real difference for people who experience shorter delays of between 15 and 30 minutes.”
A quicker, simpler way of claiming
As part of our longstanding commitment to making the process of claiming compensation quicker and easier. We will very shortly be launching a website upgrade that will cut the number of steps needed to complete the online form, by using information on previous claims and regular journeys.
New ‘Best Fare Finder’ launched on Southeastern website
We will also be making enhancements to our Key Smartcard, with single and return tickets available to purchase online for the first time. And a new ‘Best Fare Finder’ will be launched on the Southeastern website to help passengers get the best value tickets for their journey and provide reassurance about their choice of fare.
Franchise extension confirmed
These improvements are part of a short-term extension to the current Southeastern franchise, which has been agreed following the announcement by the Secretary of State for Transport on 10 April. Southeastern will continue to operate services until 10 November 2019, with an option to extend to 1 April 2020, allowing the Government more time to review and award a winner for the next South Eastern franchise.