Patience required – the saga of Southern

Posted on March 10th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 12 comments

Ex-railwayman Robert Ward went down memory lane (or should that be line?) at a public meeting on the controversial performance of Southern

If you wanted to hear a man say “sorry” a lot, then the meeting on Croydon’s rail service organised by Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell was the place to be. The man in question was Peter Wilkinson, managing director of the government’s Office … Read More »

Renationalisation can’t save Croydon’s railways. But can TfL?

Posted on February 5th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 5 comments

Once a railwayman, always a railwayman – Robert Ward takes a look at the proposal for TfL to play a bigger role

It is decades since I worked on the railway, but I still follow the railwayman’s rule of checking the rails as I walk along the platform at East Croydon. In those days, it was British Rail – we were publicly owned.

When … Read More »

New plans for the Thameslink franchise will leave commuters in the south of the borough out in the cold

Posted on December 19th, by Charles King in Economics & Business. 3 comments

East Surrey Transport Committee chair Charles King speaks up for his home town of Coulsdon as new service patterns are drawn up at Govia Thameslink HQ

In August this year, the Department for Transport (DfT) announced that the winner of the Thameslink Great Northern Franchise – the largest in Britain – would be Govia Thameslink Railway, the parent company of Southern. They took over First … Read More »

East Croydon’s leaky artery: a transport hub on life support

Posted on March 12th, by Stephen Mann in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Commuter Stephen Mann takes a look at the worrying drop in standards at Croydon’s transport gateway

“Southern is sorry to announce that the [insert train time here] to [insert destination here] is delayed by approximately x minutes. We are sorry for the delay this will cause to your journey today.”

I don’t know about you but I am sick and tired of hearing … Read More »