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Sevenoaks Railway Station named the worst for London commuters, with Gravesend, Tonbridge and Chatham rankings revealed

A Kent railway station has been named the worst for commuting into London.

Trains in Sevenoaks are more likely to be delayed by more than five minutes or cancelled, than be on time.

Sevenoaks Station has been ranked the worst for London commuters. Picture: GoogleSevenoaks Station has been ranked the worst for London commuters. Picture: Google
Sevenoaks Station has been ranked the worst for London commuters. Picture: Google

Last year commuters across the county faced a number of problems.

Regular industrial action affected travel after continued disputes over pay, jobs and conditions.

In November, it was also announced that ticket fares were to increase by nearly 6%.

The rankings have been released in the latest annual analysis by rail performance-tracking site On Time Trains.

It chose 30 major London commuter stations located outside the M25. Each one is within an hour’s travel time of the capital and has more than a million (pre-pandemic) passenger journeys per year.

Last year railway workers went on strike over pay disputesLast year railway workers went on strike over pay disputes
Last year railway workers went on strike over pay disputes

The stations were judged on performance, frequency, speed and value of peak time services.

It was revealed that Sevenoaks had dropped six places to the bottom of the rankings.

Fewer than one third of its commuter services ran on time last year. Instead, it was more common for a service to be delayed by more than five minutes or cancelled.

The Southeastern trains ran more slowly than most of the other stations on the list – at an average of 37mph rather than 42mph.

They also came in at a higher cost of 44p per mile vs 39p per mile.

Stations were judged by their performance, frequency, speed and value. Stock imageStations were judged by their performance, frequency, speed and value. Stock image
Stations were judged by their performance, frequency, speed and value. Stock image

Despite this, services did run reasonably frequently and arrived every eight minutes.

Other Kent stations didn’t fare much better – all falling in the bottom third of the table.

Gravesend came 21st and had one of the worst scores for value and frequency. An annual season ticket will set you back £5,584, which is around 57p per mile.

Commuters are charged £728 a year more than those travelling from Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, which was 12th and one of the best for value.

Tonbridge ranked 24th, with just 25% of trains arriving on time last year.

Gravesend, Tonbridge and Chatham were also ranked poorly. Picture: SoutheasternGravesend, Tonbridge and Chatham were also ranked poorly. Picture: Southeastern
Gravesend, Tonbridge and Chatham were also ranked poorly. Picture: Southeastern

One of the worst was Chatham. Coming in at 28th it had poor results in all four categories.

Chelmsford in Essex took the number one spot after placing second last year.

Its commuter services were the best performing of all 30 stations, with 88% running on time and barely 1% cancelled.

After an increase in the number of morning peak services, passengers waited for an average of eight minutes on their way to and from London Liverpool Street.

The trains run by Greater Anglia were neither the fastest or the cheapest, but their strong performance and frequency were enough for the station to be crowned the best.

Southeastern was contacted for a comment.

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