Hello Folks

Hope you all had a very pleasant Christmas.

Before the Christmas break I took the opportunity to have a chat with Vince about the various comments raised on here about the train service to and from Hampton and regarding the potential for a residential development adjacent to Kempton Park Racecourse.

He agreed that these are both important issues affecting Hampton, indeed he mentioned that he's seen a marked increase in correspondence from residents regarding both of these issues.

The train services is fairly self explanatory and well known - trains on the Shepperton Branch line are often among the first to be cancelled in adverse condition, trains are increasingly required to 'run fast' during peak hours thus inconveniencing those passengers who require to disembark at the missed stations and we still only have one train an hour on Sundays.

The Kempton Development may be less well known. The, as yet rather nebulous, proposals to site a large housing development close to Hampton could have a large impact on our way of lives. It could lead to greater demand on the already overcrowded rail services, the congestion on the A308/Thames Street could get worse, demand for local schools & health services could increase. All important considerations. At present there are no formal plans but we'd like to keep you informed of developments when we know more so we can ensure Hampton's voice is heard

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Well you can sign the rail petition that we have set up at Vince's website

http://www.vincecable.org.uk/hampton_rail_services

While you're there you can sign up for email updates - this isn't very well signposted in my view so I'm getting it changed - but if you look at the right of the screen you'll see 'Sign Up' with a box for an email address and the word 'Join'. All rather misleading - you won't join us (although we'd be delighted to see any new members!) but that's the way to get updates about Kempton and other issues.

Best Wishes and, as it's imminent, a Happy and Prosperous 2015!

G

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Further to the Kempton Park development, there was an article in a national newspaper regarding Sunbury Medical Centre where residents waiting to see their GP are queuing from 6 am waiting for the Surgery to open at 7am for a same day appointment!!  The number of patients registered there has apparently increased from 4,000 to 19,000 and yet the surgery has only slightly increased its number of GPs.  Therefore with the proposed development at Kempton Park, it is likely that Hampton will have an increase of patient numbers at its surgeries as Sunbury won't be able to take on more!!  Is this why A&E departments are noticing an increase in minor injuries/ailments which would normally be treated at surgeries.  Surely this is something that requires looking into as obviously the developers at Kempton Park won't be too fussed.

Although my first train was canceled on the 29th I was pleasantly surprised to have £45 knocked off my Jan season ticket - maybe someone is finally listening
I wouldn't be too sure Chris. The day travelcard from Hampton now costs a whacking TWELVE POUNDS thanks to Boris. You may not be financially affected as you have the season ticket, but now there's no financial incentive for people to delay their journeys until after 0930 you could see far more passengers using the service at peak times leading to greater overcrowding.

And, of course, as the fare changes are deliberately engineered to encourage greater use of the Oyster system, don't be surprised by future announcements of cuts to ticket offices hours, possibly even total closure at some stations.

Sorry to be a New Year Misery guts but as is so often the way with seemingly good deals 'terms and conditions apply. Always read the small print'.



Chris said:
Although my first train was canceled on the 29th I was pleasantly surprised to have £45 knocked off my Jan season ticket - maybe someone is finally listening


Grubby, dirty, smelly, uncomfortable, noisy, over priced, unreliable, so what's new?

At least when it was British Rail they were cleaner and comfortable!


Gareth Roberts said:

I wouldn't be too sure Chris. The day travelcard from Hampton now costs a whacking TWELVE POUNDS thanks to Boris. You may not be financially affected as you have the season ticket, but now there's no financial incentive for people to delay their journeys until after 0930 you could see far more passengers using the service at peak times leading to greater overcrowding.

And, of course, as the fare changes are deliberately engineered to encourage greater use of the Oyster system, don't be surprised by future announcements of cuts to ticket offices hours, possibly even total closure at some stations.

Sorry to be a New Year Misery guts but as is so often the way with seemingly good deals 'terms and conditions apply. Always read the small print'.



Chris said:
Although my first train was canceled on the 29th I was pleasantly surprised to have £45 knocked off my Jan season ticket - maybe someone is finally listening

A Happy New Year to all contributors. I have been using Hampton station and trains for over 72 years. The service has never been good, with a half hourly, stopping at all stations and a few trains via Richmond during rush hours. Was the service better when it was managed by British Rail. I would say 'Yes'. I know I have said this before. I worked on Hampton station at WH Smith & Sons from 1948 until 1951 (When I was called up to do my National Service). The Station had a Station Master 5 porters and the Booking Office was open from 6am until 10pm. But just like every walk of life these days 'Front line staff' are always the first to go.The 'Debacle' over Christmas just goes to show the private sector is just as bad at running services as the Government is!!! Regards. Bryan

I forgot to mention Hampton Railway Station had the only Lady's and Men's public toilets. There was a Men's toilet and washroom on the 'Up' platform and Men's and Ladies toilets as well as a Ladies waiting room (Now the Taxi Office) on the 'Down' platform. It has always puzzled me why we needed public toilets then but not now. Regards. Bryan

£45?! I only got £29 when I renewed mine on 6th December ..

Chris said:
Although my first train was canceled on the 29th I was pleasantly surprised to have £45 knocked off my Jan season ticket - maybe someone is finally listening
That is going to happen every weekend for several months due to work at Wimbledon. I just wish that SWT could manage at least two consecutive weekdays without cancelling or delaying trains...


Samantha Gore said:

Today the trains are running to Kingston, then back via Richmond, taking 39 minutes to Richmond and 1 hour 10 minutes to Waterloo. Also running at 09 and 39 minutes past the hour. I hope that is for works somewhere and not a permanent change? 

Seems that the Wimbledon section is closed all this weekend, although you have to dig to find it, see 'January' in the right hand menu here 

http://www.southwesttrains.co.uk/engineeringworkland.aspx

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