The new timetable will radically change Croydon’s rail services

Posted on April 11th, by Charles King in Politics & Society. 11 comments

The new timetable will affect virtually all stations in Croydon in dramatic ways, if it can be delivered

Last month, the CEO of Govia Thameslink Railway (GTW) Charles Horton stated in the Metro that the new GTR timetable starting on 20th May 2018 will benefit passengers by providing greater capacity, more trains and new destinations, making capacity “capable of carrying the entire population of Bristol every week”.

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A Croydon commuter’s tale

Posted on November 9th, by Paul Cowling in Politics & Society. 5 comments

Paul Cowling on the bottomless despair of his seven-and-a-half mile journey to work

If I am running late, there’s a good chance that I’ll still get to Norbury station before the 08:57 does.

I speed march up the station approach, past the waft of cigarette smoke that shouldn’t be there, and the empty beer and caffeine kick cans that don’t want to use the rubbish bins.

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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.

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