What is Trainflation?
It’s a word I coined to form a short form hashtag to describe how minutes have been added to train journeys over the years.
I was looking up past information about Dartford in the run up to the last Election, and noticed that it was still possible to get hold of old train timetables. I have a few of these saved off on old hard discs, but these weren’t easy to find…however thanks to the internet, those pages and respective PDFs had been saved for all to find.
I’ve always thought that minutes have been added to train journeys over the years, though as time passes, and memory fades, confirming this was something that wasn’t so easy
The trainflation project
Over the coming months I will look at how certain journeys from Dartford, and around Dartford, have increased, and how this adds time to your weekly commute.
On the flipside, Southeastern’s performance has increased over the last decade.
You might think there’s a correlation between the two.
You’d be right. Both trainflation, and performance have increased.
When some trains don’t have similar routes these have been excluded, however in future I plan to highlight stopping patterns and how the time between some stops has increased by nearly 100% in some cases.
London bridge rebuild project?
I have been challenged by a few people on twitter on my initial tweets on this subject.
Yes the London Bridge rebuilding project has added extra time to train journeys.
Charing Cross bound trains haven’t had to stop on the notorious platform 6 coming into London, and have been able to run straight through the station, which should, in theory reduce journey times.
When platforms 7-9 open for Charing Cross bound trains, which will then stop at London Bridge, of course the journey time, compared to the current running 2015 timetable, will increase.
However…on the whole, journey times from Dartford to Charing Cross from 2014 to the proposed timetable in 2016 have an increase of 11% in the morning and
And from 2015 to 2016 there is a further increase of 11% in the morning and 6.3% in the evening
We have been lead to believe that the change of layout will result in better performance through London Bridge – right now, this seems to be by increasing journey times.
I’ll be posting some examples of train services from over a decade ago, to the service that Southeastern are proposing we get from August 2016.
A lot of us, myself included, moved to Dartford for the variety of train services, with a reasonable journey time. In over a decade this journey time has increased, as have our fares, and the increasing displeasure with the service.
In the meantime, I’ll be happy to listen to any thoughts you might have on the above!