The Government announced today that Southeastern will continue to run trains in Kent and East Sussex. Some travellers have expressed surprise at the decision - and even the Rail Minister herself who made the announcement, admitted the company had failed its customers too often in the past.
But that IS the past the company insisted. And today Southeastern promised big improvements, with more services, more high speed trains, and better stations.
Andrea Thomas reports. She spoke to Rail Minister Claire Perry, Hastings & Rye MP Amber Rudd, and Ashford MP Damian Green.
A railway line linking the East Sussex coast, Kent and London will now not reopen fully on Monday, after disruption following several landslips.
Network Rail had expected the line between Hastings and London to be fully open on Monday, although running a reduced timetable.
But Southeastern is advising customers that it is NOT able to run a full train service tomorrow as Network Rail continue repairs.
A shuttle train service will run between
Hastings and Battle
and between Robertsbridge and London.
A bus replacement service will operate between Battle and Robertsbridge.
A new timetable for Southeastern trains will begin this Sunday 8th December.
The new timetable includes minor changes to improve connection times and punctuality.
Timetables are now available from all manned stations or from the Southeastern website: (www.southeasternrailway.co.uk).
Disruption on Southeastern between Strood and Tonbridge due to emergency engineering works at Paddock Wood. Medway Valley Line trains will not run between Paddock Wood and Tonbridge until Saturday at the earliest.
The railway company Southeastern, have been putting on one of the most ambitious photography shows of any company, with every employee being pictured or named for a new gallery and book.
It's been the busiest year in the firm's history, and Southeastern's management say the photographs are a way of extending a thank you to staff.
- The £10 Portas Pilot ticket is less than a third of a regular off-peak day return from London to Margate (£31.10)
- The Portas Pilot ticket will be available from the first weekend in November and will run through to the end of February 2013.
- The ticket will be sold online only from the Southeastern website and is valid for travel on high speed, metro and mainline services from London to Margate, return.
- 500 Portas Pilot tickets will be available each weekend, sold on a first come, first served basis.
- Southeastern's Kids for a Quid offer is also available to be used with this ticket, where children can travel with an adult for £1.00.
Southeastern Trains is to offer significant discounts on their rail fares from London to Margate over the winter months in support of the Mary Portas scheme to regenerate the town.
But the plans by the "Queen of Shops" have drawn criticism from local business leaders who say that she is more interested in making a TV programme rather than regenerating the high street.
Southeastern Trains is to offer return tickets from London to Margate for £10's over the winter weekends.
The initiative, designed to support the Mary Portas Pilot scheme, will run from November to February.
Five hundred tickets will be available online only for each weekend.