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@iansblog on twitter posted yesterday an interview made by Network Rail on BBC Radio Sussex about the current state of the Hastings Line and when that line is due to reopen.

If you listen to the interview you'll hear Network Rail effectively say that they won't know until next week (March 17th) at the earliest before they'll even think of making a decision on reopening the line. At that point the line would be celebrating [sic] 3 months of disruption in some form or another.

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Maidstone Borough Council has just tweeted this advance notice about the footpath between Maidstone East and Maidstone Barracks will be closed for one week in April for resurfacing work.

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This will mean it will be difficult to move between those two stations next week if there is any disruption.

The text on the image reads:
Maidstone Borough Council wrote:Advance warning footpath closure

The public footpath between Station Road and Buckland Hill (Maidstone East and Maidstone Barracks Stations) will be closed between Monday 7 April 2014 and Sunday 13 April 2014 for resurfacing and improvement works.

During the closure, pedestrians are recomended to divert via the following route.

The suggested (only) route on the image is to walk down to the main bridges in the town centre and then back along St Peter street.

So, if there is any instance where we have to walk from Maidstone East, my suggestion is not to go to Maidstone Barracks but to Maidstone West as the walk will be shorter.

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Posted yesterday on the Southeastern Website:
Southeastern wrote:Network Rail Hastings Line engineering work continues
Date: 11 Mar 2014

We’re sorry to advise that the Hastings Line will NOT have a full train service until further notice.

Network Rail has advised that further ground movement means that more work is needed to complete the track repair. They will inform us when it is safe to run trains on this line.

A shuttle train service will run between:
  • Hastings and Battle
  • Robertsbridge and London
A bus replacement service will operate between Battle and Robertsbridge.

Please check our live running information before you travel.

Customers can use London Tube trains on reasonable routes at no additional charge. Customers with tickets for destinations including, Battle, Crowhurst, West St Leonards, St Leonards Warrior Square and Hastings can also use high speed services. This also applies to ticket holders for Bexhill.

I did hear yesterday that something might be said today (Wed March 12) but Southeastern are still tweeting this page so until we know more, Hastings commuters will still have disruption for some time yet.

NB: In 5 days time, March 17th it would have been 3 months now since the initial landslide occurred.

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Southeastern have issued the following warning of forecasted bad weather for tonight, Friday February 14 with a 50mph speed restriction being imposed on some routes:
Southeastern wrote:Speed restrictions will be in place on some parts of the network tonight (Friday 14 February) due to forecast bad weather. We advise passengers travelling this evening and early tomorrow to check before you start your journey in case services are delayed.

With strong winds and heavy rain forecast overnight, Network Rail has put in place a 50 mph speed restriction on some routes from 7pm today. As a result, some trains may run slower than usual and some may be delayed or cancelled at short notice.

We will offer the best service that the weather allows and will provide regular updates including live running information on our website. Please ensure you check for the latest information before you travel and listen carefully to station announcements regarding short-notice changes to services.


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Railway to close between Battle and Robertsbridge following further landslips

A further landslip on the railway between Battle and Robertsbridge means the railway will be closing for urgent repair work – starting after tomorrow morning’s rush-hour.

The line will remained closed for at least two weeks. During that time, trains from London will terminate at Robertsbridge, with a connecting bus service to Battle and a shuttle train between Battle and Hastings.

The line is currently open with a severe speed restriction and there will be a limited peak time service to Hastings on Monday evening and Tuesday morning. The last direct train to Hastings will leave London Cannon Street at 19.04 this evening and the last direct train to London will leave Hastings at 07.27 tomorrow.
Network Rail’s route managing director, Fiona Taylor wrote:Safety is our top priority and we cannot safely carry out such extensive repair work with trains still running and with more bad weather on the way.

This has been a very difficult time for everyone using this stretch of railway and we appreciate passengers’ patience while we do the work that is needed. With two serious embankment failures on one stretch of line, this is the best, quickest and safest way of fixing the problems. We apologise for the further disruption this will cause.

As soon as we have a more detailed idea of how long the work will take, we will let passengers know so they can plan ahead.

There are two embankment slips, one at Marley Farm and the other near to Whatlington Viaduct near Battle. Both require major repairs, with piling to be installed to shore up the earthworks and new material delivered to replace that lost in the slips.
Alison Nolan, customer relations manager for Southeastern wrote:We’ve made arrangements for Southeastern tickets to be accepted on Southern services between Hastings and Ashford for the duration of the closure. Passengers can then board high speed services to London St Pancras International as an alternative to get into London for no extra cost.

Buses will be in place between Battle and Robertsbridge, and car parking tickets will be also be accepted at any of our station car parks between Robertsbridge and Frant for those who would prefer to drive to any of these stations for connecting services.

We’re sorry for the continuing disruption to services, it’s been a challenging time across the network with all the wet weather. We’re doing everything we can to keep people moving and we’d like to thank people for their patience.

Check for live running updates here or plan your journey at Nationalrail.co.uk

Further storm conditions, with heavy rain and high winds are expected on Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, meaning temporary speed restrictions will be put in place for safety reasons. These will affect many services from 10pm tomorrow (Tuesday) and the first trains on Wednesday.

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Hidden away on the live running part of the Southeastern website is this warning about further speed restrictions on Tuesday 4th Feb:
Southeastern wrote:Severe weather warning

Severe weather including heavy rain and high winds is forecast to affect the South East during Tuesday evening and throughout most of the week.

As a safety precaution, Network Rail will put in place a 40mph speed restriction across parts of the Southeastern network from 22:00 on Tuesday evening until Wednesday morning.

Because of this, trains on Tuesday evening and during Wednesday morning may be disrupted so please allow extra time for your journey.

For further information, please visit southeasternrailway.co.uk

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This announcement has appeared on the Southeastern website:
Southeastern wrote:Important announcement

Due to a further landslip at Battle today, we are only able to run a limited service from London through to Hastings this evening (Monday 3 February).

The first service departs at 17:02 and the last train to leave Cannon Street departs at 19:04. After this service, buses will replace trains between Robertsbridge and Battle.

Tuesday 4 February:

A limited peak hour service will be in operation again tomorrow morning, (Tuesday 4 February). The last direct train from Hastings to Cannon Street will depart at 07.27am. The line will then close between Battle and Robertsbridge to allow Network Rail to carry out repairs and we’re advised that it is likely to remain closed for at least two weeks.

Buses will replace trains between these stations. Tickets will be accepted on Southern services to Ashford International for connecting high speed trains to London St Pancras International. Car parking tickets will also be accepted at any of our station car parks between Robertsbridge and Frant to ease your journey.

We’re sorry for the inconvenience and the disruption caused to your journey. Network Rail is working to resolve the issues as quickly as possible and we thank you for your patience.

Please check our live running information before you travel.

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Transport for London (TfL) has today confirmed the Underground services which it intends to operate, depending on staffing levels, should the strikes threatened by the leaderships of the RMT and TSSA unions on London Underground (LU) go ahead.
Our customers and staff are at the very centre of our plans for London Underground. All Tube stations will remain staffed and controlled at all times when services are operating, and we'll be introducing a 24-hour service at weekends during 2015.

In future, there will be more staff in ticket halls and on platforms to help customers buy the right ticket, plan their journeys and to keep them safe and secure.

We're committed to implement these changes without compulsory redundancies and there'll be a job for everyone at LU who wants to work for us and be flexible.

My message to the unions leaderships is that it's not too late to do the right thing, call off this completely unnecessary strike and work with us to help shape the future of the Tube.

All a strike will achieve is to lose those who take part four days' pay.

Should the strike go ahead, we'll do all we can to keep customers informed and ensure we keep London moving and open for business.
Travel advice to customers during RMT and TSSA strike action:

Should the RMT and TSSA strike action go ahead, LU will keep as many stations open and run as many trains as possible.

Services will be affected from 21:30hrs on Tuesday 4 February so customers are asked to try to complete journeys as early as possible that evening.

If your Oyster card needs topping up, it may help to do this in advance of the industrial action starting.

There will be disruption to journeys on Wednesday and Thursday, when Tube services will start later and finish earlier than normal - trains will run from around 07:00hrs to 23:00hrs.

Although it is not possible to say exactly what services we will be able to run, the line-by-line information below will help customers to plan journeys in advance.

However, customers are advised that the situation may change throughout the day.

Buses and other modes of transport will also be very busy.

The strike planned by ASLEF at London Tramlink which would have affected services on Wednesday 5 February has been called off.

Those members of TfL staff who are on duty during the strike will be doing their very best to keep London moving and open for business.

TfL asks customers for their patience during what may be difficult journeys.

Trained TfL Ambassadors and volunteers will also be on hand to provide customers with travel information and advice on the ground.

TfL urges all customers to plan ahead and to check before they travel at tfl.gov.uk and by following @TfLTravelAlerts, @TfLTrafficNews and @TfLBusAlerts on Twitter.

LineTwitter AccountIntended servicesBakerloo line@bakerloolineWe intend to run trains between Queen's Park and Elephant & Castle around every six minutes in both directions.

These trains would not stop at Edgware Road, Embankment, Kilburn Park, Lambeth North, Maida Vale, Piccadilly Circus or Regent's Park stations.Central line@centrallineNo service would operate through the central area. We intend to run trains:
between Epping and Leytonstone around every twelve minutes in both directions.
between West Ruislip and White City around every 15 minutes in both directions.Circle line@circlelineSee District line, Hammersmith & City line and Metropolitan line below.District line@districtlineWe intend to run trains:
between Upminster and Wimbledon around every eight minutes in both directions
between Ealing Broadway and High Street Kensington around every 20 minutes in both directions.
These trains would not stop at Aldgate East, Becontree, Blackfriars, Bromley-by-Bow, Dagenham East, Dagenham Heathway, East Ham, Elm Park, Gloucester Road, Hornchurch, Plaistow, Sloane Square, Stepney Green, Temple, Upminster Bridge, Upney or Upton Park stations.Hammersmith & City line@hamandcitylineWe intend to run trains between Hammersmith and Moorgate around every ten minutes in both directions. These trains would not stop at Barbican, Euston Square and Great Portland Street stations.Jubilee line@jubileelineWe intend to run trains:
between Stanmore and Finchley Road around every five minutes in both directions
between Waterloo and Stratford around every five minutes in both directions.
These trains would not stop at Bermondsey and Southwark stations.Metropolitan line@metlineWe intend to run trains between Harrow-on-the-Hill and Aldgate around every ten minutes in both directions. These trains would not stop at Barbican, Euston Square, Great Portland Street, Northwick Park and Preston Road stations.Northern line@northernlineWe intend to run trains over the whole line (except to Mill Hill East), with a train around every five minutes via both the Bank and Charing Cross branches in both directions.
These trains would not stop at Borough, Chalk Farm, Clapham North, Clapham South, Colliers Wood, Embankment, Goodge Street, Hampstead, Highgate, Leicester Square, Mornington Crescent, Old Street, Oval, South Wimbledon, Tooting Bec, Tufnell Park and Warren Street stations.Piccadilly line@piccadillylineNo service would operate through the central area. We intend to run trains between Acton Town and Heathrow Terminals 1,2,3 around every ten minutes in both directions, and between Arnos Grove and Cockfosters around every ten minutes in both directions.
These trains would not stop at Heathrow Terminal 4 or Southgate stations.Victoria line@victorialineWe intend to run trains between Seven Sisters and Victoria around every five minutes in both directions.
These trains would not stop at Warren Street station.Waterloo & City line@wlooandcitylineNo service.

A normal service will operate. Some stations where there is an interchange with London Underground may be affected.


London buses operate around 700 routes and services are being boosted with over a hundred extra buses on key routes;
TfL Ambassadors and volunteers are being deployed to bus stations and hubs to provide customers with travel information and advice on the ground.

London Overground

A normal service will operate. Some stations where there is an interchange with London Underground may be affected.


A normal service will operate.

Emirates Air Line

A normal service will operate. LU tickets will be accepted on Emirates Air Line services on Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 February and on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 February.


Barclays Cycle Hire will be available to members and casual users, although demand is likely to be high, and cycles harder to access, during peak times;
Londoners who own a bike are encouraged to cycle to work, and a Cycle Journey Planner is provided at tfl.gov.uk/cyclejourneyplanner;
TfL is writing to hundreds of businesses across London to ask them to be flexible and make it easy for staff to cycle to work, and to allow staff to wear casual clothes on the day.

River Services

Enhanced River services will be in place, including on Route RB1 between Greenland (Surrey Quays) / Canary Wharf and London Bridge; and;
An additional centre London service (Tower/ Bankside / Westminster / London Eye) during the AM and PM peaks;
In combination with the normal timetabled service, this will provide a 10 to 15 minute frequency on most central London piers during the morning and evening peaks.

Taxis & Private Hire

Between 7.00am and 11.00am on Wednesday 5 February, Thursday 6, Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 February, a marshalled taxi service will operate at seven major London rail termini - Waterloo, Liverpool St, London Bridge, King's Cross, Victoria, Charing Cross, and Marylebone. The marshals will manage taxi and passenger queues and provide advice and assistance to taxi passengers and other members of the public;
Between 7.00pm and Midnight on Tuesday 4 February and Tuesday 11 February, a marshalled taxi service will operate at the same seven stations, plus Euston;
Private hire and minicab services will be running as normal. Details for licensed private hire and minicab operators in London are availab...

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After yesterday''s publication by Passenger Focus of the Autumn 2013 Passenger Survey Results, DRSEtrains on twitter has put up an alternate passenger survey for Southeastern commuters with the intention of publishing the results in a few weeks.
@DRSEtrains wrote:2014 January Passenger Survey

In light of the recent Passenger Focus survey, which showed 84% satisfaction with Southeastern's train service - this survey aims to look at the views of real commuters who travel on a regular basis.

Please fill the survey in honestly - results will be published somewhere (most likely here)

Follow us on twitter here @DRSEtrains - for any Delay Repay claimable retweets, and also journeys claimable on the Dartford to London lines.

The survey is available here: kwiksurveys.com

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Between 6 January and 14 March 2014 both of the lifts at Ashford International will be closed for an essential full refurbishment.

Unfortunately this will mean that passengers who normally rely on the lifts and cannot use the stairs will have to travel to and from alternative stations to start or finish their journey.

Valid tickets will be accepted for bookings in accessible taxis that are arranged through the Assisted Travel team or station staff.

The Assisted Travel team can be contacted through the Southeastern website or by calling 0800 783 4524 or 01732 77 0 99.

Passengers needing assistance with luggage and empty buggies on the stairs can ask the nearest member of staff for assistance.

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