Old Bexley and Sidcup MP calls for Network Rail to make improvements

Old Bexley and Sidcup MP calls for Network Rail to make improvements

Old Bexley and Sidcup MP James Brokenshire is concerned about Network Rail

Old Bexley and Sidcup MP James Brokenshire calls for Network Rail to improve service

First published in News News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

OLD Bexley and Sidcup MP James Brokenshire has urged Network Rail to improve its services.

New stats reveal performances have worsened across Bexley borough in the last year and the politician is keen for action be taken.

In a letter to Mr Brokenshire from the chief executive of the Office of the Rail Regulator Richard Price, data showed a whopping 60 per cent of delays to Southeastern network passengers was caused by Network Rail failures.

Thirty-four per cent of the problems are attributed to Southeastern and six per cent are caused by other train operators.

Mr Brokenshire will be highlighting passenger concerns with Network Rail route manger Steve Cassidy at a meeting in Westminster this week.

The MP said: "Current service reliability provided to Southeastern customers simply isn’t good enough and Network Rail needs to demonstrate they are getting a grip."

News Shopper: Old Bexley and Sidcup MP James Brokenshire calls for Network Rail to improve service

A Network Rail spokesman said: "The railway endured a very difficult end to 2013, with multiple and sustained extreme weather conditions.

"Despite this, over the same period Network Rail was able to successfully deliver a £110m investment programme during Christmas and the New Year – the largest ever undertaken over a two-week period."

Network Rail spokesman Chris Denham said: "The railway endured a very difficult end to 2013, with multiple and sustained extreme weather conditions.

"Storm-force winds brought down almost 400 trees onto the railway while torrential rain caused almost 130 floods and 29 landslips, including several in Kent.

“Despite this, over the same period Network Rail was able to successfully deliver a £110m investment programme during Christmas and the New Year – the largest ever undertaken over a two-week period.”

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6:23pm Tue 14 Jan 14

SidcupResident says...

As I've said before, if people actually boycotted Southeastern trains, as soon as Southeastern noticed a dip in profits, Southeastern would be pushed by their shareholders to make improvements straight away. In turn Southeastern would start getting on Network Rail's case more proactively.

I've noticed Transport For London aren't implementing their price increases till the 19th January, so a lot of TFLs travelcard prices are actually cheaper than Southeasterns Rail Season-ticket prices. Unlike the rail-season tickets, you can use the travelcards on any London bus (regardless of the underground zones the travelcard covers).

So for example somebody who lives near Bexley station can get a season ticket on the train only via Southeastern for £1852 and pray that the train is not delayed or cancelled (otherwise you're going to have fork out extra for alternative transport). Or you can get a zone 1-2 travelcard via TfL for £1216 under the 2013 prices that still apply till January 19th. You can then get a us to North Greenwich then tube. It may take a bit longer but it's a lot more reliable than Southeastern trains at present. You also save £600 and don't get sacked for repeated lateness....

http://www.tfl.gov.u
k/tickets/fares-2013
/28901.aspx

http://www.tfl.gov.u
k/assets/downloads/l
ondon-rail-and-tube-
services-map.pdf
As I've said before, if people actually boycotted Southeastern trains, as soon as Southeastern noticed a dip in profits, Southeastern would be pushed by their shareholders to make improvements straight away. In turn Southeastern would start getting on Network Rail's case more proactively. I've noticed Transport For London aren't implementing their price increases till the 19th January, so a lot of TFLs travelcard prices are actually cheaper than Southeasterns Rail Season-ticket prices. Unlike the rail-season tickets, you can use the travelcards on any London bus (regardless of the underground zones the travelcard covers). So for example somebody who lives near Bexley station can get a season ticket on the train only via Southeastern for £1852 and pray that the train is not delayed or cancelled (otherwise you're going to have fork out extra for alternative transport). Or you can get a zone 1-2 travelcard via TfL for £1216 under the 2013 prices that still apply till January 19th. You can then get a us to North Greenwich then tube. It may take a bit longer but it's a lot more reliable than Southeastern trains at present. You also save £600 and don't get sacked for repeated lateness.... http://www.tfl.gov.u k/tickets/fares-2013 /28901.aspx http://www.tfl.gov.u k/assets/downloads/l ondon-rail-and-tube- services-map.pdf SidcupResident
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