MP keeps the pressure on Southeastern

PUBLISHED: 17:11 11 August 2015 | UPDATED: 17:11 11 August 2015

Bob Stewart

Bob Stewart


Beckenham MP Colonel Bob Stewart is campaigning for more trains to ease overcrowding

BECKENHAM MP Bob Stewart has met a Southeastern bigwig to discuss improvements to train services.

Mr Stewart raised the issue of overcrowding on peak-time trains with Mike Gibson, Southeastern’s public affairs manager.

“I know from personal experience how busy some services are,” Mr Stewart said.

“While Southeastern has lengthened some trains, there has been no new or rolling stock on this network for many years and additional trains are desperately needed.”

Southeastern has asked the Department for Transport for some new trains when they become available next year.

“I will be supporting this campaign and encouraging my parliamentary colleagues to do likewise,” Mr Stewart said.

“I’m also pleased to report that a number of improvements I have been pressing for since my election are now being seriously considered or have been resolved.

“Punctuality has improved on the Hayes line from 89 per cent at the start of the year to 92.3 per cent.

“Passengers who are delayed by 30 minutes or more are entitled to compensation, and I’m happy to say that Southeastern has now agreed to give passengers the option of a cheque or rail vouchers, as the latter may not be much use to occasional travellers.

“Southeastern has also introduced a priority seating card for disabled passengers, the elderly and pregnant women. The cards will be particularly useful for those with a disability that may not be visibly apparent.”

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