Crofton Park Station to get new operator

Transport operator Govia has been awarded the TSGN rail franchise, by the DfT for a seven-year period, starting in September 2014. TSGN is the largest rail franchise in the UK in terms of passenger numbers, trains, revenue and staff and covers the Southern, Thameslink and Great Northern Services.

As part of the deal, Crofton Park Station will be transferred away from Southeastern and operated by this franchise. The transfer will take place in December 2014.

Thanks to @Trainwatch for the information.

14 comments:

urbansurgery said...

I hope they have a better "stations shouldn't smell of wee" policy

anon said...

Does this include Nunhead station too?

TM said...

So its being transferred from Southeastern (owned by Govia) to Southern (owned by Govia).......hardly ground breaking stuff!

urbansurgery said...

not at crofton park, no, its more significant on other parts of the Thameslink line previously operated by First Capital.


Either way the award of the franchise encumbers Govia with £50m station improvement obligation. That said £50m over 7 years and 240 stations isn't a great deal of money at circa £30k a station.


Lick of paint?

Brockley Nick said...

Yes

terrencetrentderby said...

Allowing the virtual monopolies that are rail franchises to become an actual monopoly under one parent company can only be good for consumers.

Fed up Crofton Park commuter said...

So that means we will get no more than the paltry two trains per hour (off peak) we get at the moment (that's what Govia said in its proposal); and our trains will still be operated by the least popular of all the rail companies.
The morning commuter services are already over-crowded and simply won't cope when the massive housing development is built at Catford Greyhound Stadium in a couple of years' time.

Robert said...

Yes it would. Then we could put it into public ownership, and call it British Rail.

confused said...

I recently sent a letter of complaint to the MD of southeastern regarding overcrowding on the peak morning service. Eventually I managed to get an honest reply which admitted overcrowding but didn’t rate how severe or critical this is. In fact according to their census data this line had experienced the greatest population increase and overcrowding on the whole of their network. Which must have meant a booming rise in their ticket sales?  

 

I had also asked what the forecast rise in passenger numbers was in the next 3 years and whether they had any actions to meet the future demand. On this point southeastern claimed they did not have concrete numbers or plans and pointed out (in a d-mob spirited way) they may not even be on the franchise by end of year.

 

So now I’m faced with complaining to a new franchise – who is probably starting with a blank piece of paper and who probably isn’t going to take any responsibility for any passenger complaints until Dec 2014! In fact I’ m not even sure who the hell to write to – govia/ go ahead/keolis?

 

Clearly, whoever they are they will spend 3 years saying everything’s going to be better in the future 2 years coming up with excuses as to why it isn’t and then 2 years battling to the end of the franchise just as Southeastern have. In the meantime commuters are going to get rinsed for every penny they can get out of them.

 

The overcrowding on the early trains is almost dangerous. Passengers by Denmark Hill usually can’t all get on - even when the services are running normally. It can’t be long before we’ll struggle to get on at Crofton Park – even without the new Catford development.

 

Who represents the area on transport issues like this? Any suggestions welcome.

Anonymous said...

The only plus I've found is that trains from Crofton Park to town will run through to St Pancras rather than terminating at Blackfriars on Saturdays and late evenings.

Otherwise it looks like just 2 trains an hour are here to stay for 7 years!

anon said...

Does anyone know when we will get off-peak services every 15 min rather than 30 min?

Fed up Crofton Park commuter said...

Anon We won't. The new franchise holder has no intention of giving us more trains. All they are interested in is sitting back and watching the money roll in.

DD said...

So nothing is going to change then.
I have started taking the Overground from Brockley station to work instead of using Crofton Park because the service is so poor, especially at peak hours.
Considering we are not served by the Tube in South East London, we should at least get a good train service!

darkcherrybaby said...

I use this station every week It's so dirty and it stinks, I want to complain, but who can I complain to?

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