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Southeastern today attended the Hastings Rail Summit, called by Amber Rudd MP, to share details of improvements it has made to rail services in the area. souteastern-1

Senior executives from the company, including managing director David Statham, presented summit attendees with details of recent performance, an update on initiatives that are under way as part of the company’s £70 million improvement programme, and news of future plans for rail services on the Hastings line.

Among the initiatives that are already benefiting passengers on the Hastings route are:

  • Deep cleaning of stations along the route
  • Working closely with Network Rail to improve reliability and punctuality of services through investment in infrastructure and new technologies for monitoring track conditions
  • A fast service between Hastings and London Charing Cross departing at 08.04 and 16.20 and completing the journey in 90 minutes
  • Upgraded Customer Information Screens installed at Frant, Wadhurst, Stonegate, Etchingham, Robertsbridge, Battle, Crowhurst, and St Leonards Warrior Square
  • Participation in the Parliament for Schools scheme, offering local school pupils £1 off-peak return tickets to visit Parliament when invited by their MP

The company has also frozen super off peak fares for 2015, meaning that many off peak journeys on its network can be taken at last year’s prices. For travel from Hastings to London the super off peak fare is £17.80. This fare is valid for travel after 10am and is available to book online at www.southeasternrailway.co.uk.

David Statham, managing director of Southeastern, said: “We were pleased to attend the Hastings Rail Summit and provide an outline of the improvements that we’ve been investing in to benefit passengers. In addition to refreshing station environments and enhancing the reliability of services on the route, we’ve also invested in better information screens to improve the way we communicate during disruption. We know these issues are vitally important to our passengers and we’ll continue to invest in these areas over the coming months.”

We got in touch with Southeastern trains about their services from Hastings over the festive period.  Here’s everything you need to know about train times over the Christmas period, check it out.

Monday 15 – Sunday 21 December

Normal service

Monday 22 & Tuesday 23 December

Normal weekday service, however engineering work at London Bridge means trains to Charing Cross will be unable to stop at London Bridge between 07:54 and 09:01.
Some peak trains will have fewer carriages, and a small number of trains will be diverted to Cannon Street and Blackfriars.

Wednesday 24 December

Normal weekday service, however engineering work at London Bridge means trains to Charing Cross will be unable to stop at London Bridge between 07:54 and 09:01.
Some peak trains will have fewer carriages, and a small number of trains will be diverted to Cannon Street and Blackfriars. No trains will run after 22.00.

Christmas Day

No trains will run

Boxing Day

Only high speed trains from Ashford will run

Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 December

Normal service

Monday 29 December – Wednesday 31 December

A Saturday service will run, with additional services to and from Cannon Street during the morning and evening peak.

Some evening Charing Cross trains will not call at Waterloo East on Wednesday 31 December.
Extra late night / early morning trains will operate for New Years Eve revellers on Wednesday night / Thursday morning.

New Year’s Day

A Sunday service will run

Friday 2 January

A Saturday service will run with additional services to & from Cannon Street during the morning and evening peak.

 

Southeastern is offering customers the chance to explore popular destinations like Hastings for just £10 return which should provide a welcome boost to tourism in the area as a whole.

The promotion aims to boost local tourism by encouraging visitors from London and beyond to take advantage of cut-price travel to Hastings. It also highlights some of the great attractions on offer, including Hastings Folk Festival, the Jerwood Gallery featuring Ansel Krut Verbatim, the Blue Reef Aquarium and, of course, the beach.

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Hastings could see more visitors from London over the next few weeks thanks toa new ticket promotion from Southeastern.

The special £10 fare is available at www.southeasternrailway.co.uk/tenpounds and applies for passengers travelling from any London terminal to the town.

It covers travel on off peak services from the capital, departing after 09.00 on weekdays and any-time at weekends, from now until 26 May 2014.

Michelle Ulyatt, customer relations manager for Southeastern, said: “Hastings is a great coastal destination and we’re keen to encourage visitors to take a look at its attractions during the spring and summer months. This offer is just the latest in a series of special deals that we have planned for passengers over the coming months and we’re delighted to be able to do our bit for local tourism.”

The company has further offers lined up during the summer that will include travel from East Sussex into London destinations so could save local businesses money if travelling to meetings off-peak.