Train delays with reports of violent incident on Southeastern train
Reports are coming in of a man being attacked on a train at Albany Park on the Sidcup Line around 45 minutes ago which has stopped trains on the line.
Some reports state a bar was used to attack a passenger.
NEW: Due to emergency services dealing with an incident at #AlbanyPark some services may be held or diverted. More info to follow.
— Southeastern (@Se_Railway) September 17, 2018
If confirmed, it’s the latest in a number of incidence on trains on what is largely an unstaffed, open network in South East London and North Kent.
In recent weeks passengers have been robbed at Woolwich Dockyard station (unstaffed for much of the day), a stabbing at Slade Green began as an argument at Plumstead. Both have no barriers and unstaffed for much of the day including evenings.
No staff, open barriers
Yesterday I needed to travel across three different Metro lines and various station. Of course, no staff at all on any train and every single station had barriers open with staff only seen at Lewisham (though barriers were open). Even Victoria station was wide open just after 8pm. Every other station was open.
A lack of staff compromises safety and is costing large sums through fare evasion with passenger numbers underestimated. TfL were planning to staff almost every station from first to last train if they took over Southeastern metro routes until Transport Minister Chris Grayling blocked it.
The only station that appears to be staffed and with barriers in operation until the last train is now Abbey Wood, as TfL took over in advance of Crossrail.
The new franchise requirement makes no mention of all-day staffing and has descended into a mess today with reports it may have to start over again. However, don’t expect all-day staffing.