Yesterday, her Royal Highness visited Bromley and I am pleased to report that Southeastern stepped up to the challenge of provided extra capacity for those wishing to witness the royal visit. This came in the form of a 4 carriage networker (465) which greeted me along with the Union Jack hanging from Yum-Yum's section of the glorious Bromley North station building as a waited to catch one of the last buses before the high street blockade.
A couple of days a go I noticed that the latest passenger figure for the UK's stations had somewhat sneaked past me when it was released in January, However having analyzed the 2010-11 figure I am pleased to report that Bromley North has emerged from 'passenger recession (!)' following the financial crises of 2008 with a growth figure compared to 2009-10 of 3.18%- which is classified in my table as 'green' growth. Unfortunately Sundridge Park's passenger figure has shrunk again by -6.17% from last year- this 'yellow' not-growth brings down the branch line's figure to -0.13% which is also 'yellow' not-growth.
Like all businesses, governments and heritage railways this website blames lack of growth in the last few years on the financial crisis of 2008. And like all the aforesaid organizations we have have good reason to do so- the financial crisis resulted in many people losing their jobs and if a Bromley North/ Sundridge Park- London commuter no longer has a job in central London he probably won't need to go there. The recent green growth of Bromley North gives hope but negative growth at Sundridge Park has increased.