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KM Column - 10 May 2018 - Train Timetable Change

On 20 May, Southeastern will be launching their new timetable. ‘Times are changing’ as they say, and it would be nice to think that they’re changing for the better.

But you don’t need me to tell you that Southeastern’s recent performances has been anything but good. Late trains, fewer carriages, and cancellations are some of the many reasons why Southeastern have been making many people’s journeys insufferable, for weeks, months and years. I have written to them many times about their service, but they seem reluctant to fully accept the impact these issues have on our everyday lives.

As a way to try and improve their services and better serve the customers who pay thousands of pounds a year to use them, they will soon be introducing a new timetable. While they have been suggesting that the new timetable will allow ‘more services and new journey opportunities for many stations’, this is certainly not the case for everyone.

On Wednesday 16 May I will be meeting with David Statham, Managing Director of Southeastern, to voice many of the concerns that have been raised to me by people in our community about these changes. At a recent meeting with other MPs, he said that there was still room for slight negotiations in the timetable. I will try my best to ensure that Tonbridge and Malling residents get the service they deserve. But to do this, I need to know from you exactly where there are problems and where it needs to change. Without your support, there is little that can be done.

Please write to me and let me know how the changes affect you at tom.tugendhat.mp@parliament.uk and I will ensure they are raised directly with Southeastern.

Georgie Welford