Government cuts to rail services are becoming ever more apparent as daily short-staffing across the Southeastern network reaches ever high levels.
In recent weeks this site has covered daily issues with no staff at dozens of stations at Government-run Southeastern as the Department for Transport and The Treasury push through ever deeper cuts.
Recent weeks have shown the reality of the situation, as stations at busy towns see no staff presence.
Southeastern Metro is also Driver-Operated-Only (DOO) which means no routine staffing on trains unlike in many areas of the country.
Daily checks online show no staff at busy stations within London every day. For months. Today there were issues at 61 stations with most being a lack of staff.
Many stations in inner London remain unstaffed on a daily basis. Others in areas of major growth havn’t changed with the times as Southeastern and its government paymasters appear clueless abut new developments and population change.
I expect details on how scarcely staffed many station are will shortly be taken offline given the embarrassing nature of how cuts are impacting passengers. It also shows people where they can avoid paying – which on Southeastern Metro is the majority of stations.
As a regular user of SE Metro over the years I’ve been at unstaffed stations during medical emergencies, fights, assaults and just about everything else. It’s so much worse than TfL, Greater Anglia, c2c and others.
I’ve had glass bottles thrown at me without a soul about during the day at busy stations where there’s no staff to help.
Lord knows it’s one way to put people off using public transport.
And while Southeastern – particularly stations within London on the metro network – have long been a forgotten afterthought, the situation is incredibly becoming even more neglected.
For those passengers who need assistance such as disabled passengers, or tourists, it’s shameful how they won’t find much help at many, many stations.
In contrast, if you don’t want to pay for travel the network is ever more open for free travel. No station staff and none on board? Fill your boots.