The Anonymous Widower

Hastings Station

Hastings station was only built in 2004 and it is effectively a new building on the existing platforms, which have been made step-free.

What surprised me though, was that trains going East are still controlled by semaphore signals, although there appeared to be new LED signals at the Western end of the station.

I wanted to go back via East Croydon and unfortunately, I just missed that train, so as there is only one direct train per hour (tph), I had to fiddle about and go via Eastbourne and Brighton.

In an ideal world, there would be four tph at all stations on the line between Ashford and Brighton, with stations like Hastings, St. Leonards and Eastbourne having better direct services to London.

The current services on both the East Coastway and West Coastway Lines seem to be designed to discourage passengers to turn-up-and-go.

If you look at the Off Peak services through the Medway towns from Gravesend to Gillingham, it is four tph, whereas Hastings to Brighton is only two tph.

But then Southern seem to have a very focused business model, where passengers are someway down the list!

January 19, 2017 - Posted by | Travel | ,


  1. Good spot with the semaphores! It is wondrous that they are still extant, but in my sentimentality something I am so glad for!

    Comment by Joshua | January 20, 2017 | Reply

  2. Good point about Southern at the end!

    The way the government wrote the contract for the Govia Thameslink, Southern, Great Northern seems tailored to produce the kind of conflict of interest that produces the worst services for passengers!

    Govia pay for all the services and get paid a set fee.
    The Government take any revenue from ticket sales.

    Therefore: If you’re Govia you have extra incentive to cut staff, cancel services, keep current off-peak services at non intensive levels. As these all save costs, thereby increasing profit.

    And the incentives you see in other franchises (including very well run private railway companies such as Chiltern and C2C), to increase ridership, expand services and maintain reliability to increase revenue and profit don’t exist. It also removes the incentive to resolve strikes as smoothly and quickly as possible.

    For me, this means that the largest rail franchise in the UK was set up to fail. (regardless of the specific impacts of strikes, changes to working practices, engineering works and service changes).

    Comment by Dominic | January 20, 2017 | Reply

    • I find it interesting to compare Southern’s philosophy with that of Greater Anglia. It looks to me, that GA have sat in the sun outside a pub, with passenger groups and Network Rail and see what they can come up with senbsible reorganisation. By small changes to Peterborough to Colchester, it looks like they will be able to make Ipswich to BSE 2 tph instead of 1. I don’t see a similar co-operative attitude with Southern.

      Comment by AnonW | January 20, 2017 | Reply

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