All change on the trains

Happy new year! And welcome to 2015, the first of three years’ major disruption through the Southeastern half of London Bridge station.

I covered the major changes to Southeastern railway timetables which kick off on 12 January back when they were at consultation stage. I don’t think much changed between consultation and reality (correct me if I’m wrong!) so you can still refer back to that old post to get the gist of how it affects Lewisham. (In summary, we escape much of the inconvenience others may be enduring, and gain more Victoria services.)

In the meantime though, Southeastern have been very poor at publicising some shorter-term but even more major changes all of this coming weekend and the Sunday after too. @darryl1974 tweeted one of their surprisingly rare and certainly not eyecatching posters about this:

and has now also written this up for The Charlton Champion blog, which has nudged me to do the same here.

So (based on Realtime Trains) here’s a summary of train services from Lewisham station on the affected three days. There may be some variations at certain times (check before you travel!) but this should give you the gist of what unusual delights await…

Saturday 10 January 2015

Minutes past
each hour
Destination Platform
02/32 Dartford (via Bexleyheath) 4
05/35 New Cross (via St. John’s) 1
06/36 London Victoria (via Peckham Rye) 3
07/37 Charlton (via Deptford-Westcombe Park) Bus
08/38 Dartford (via Blackheath, Charlton and all stops to Slade Green) 4
10/40 London Blackfriars (non-stop) 3
11/41 Gravesend (via Sidcup) [Dartford via Sidcup after 22.oo] 2
14/44?* Hayes?* 2?*
17/47 New Cross (via St. John’s) 1
20/50 London Victoria (non-stop) 3
22/52 Charlton (via Deptford-Westcombe Park) Bus
24/54 Gillingham (via Blackheath, Charlton and selected stops via Slade Green) 4
25/55 Tonbridge (via Grove Park) 2
29/59 London Victoria (non-stop) 3

* There’s an odd anomaly with Hayes trains on this date on Realtime trains – there’s a half-hourly service from Hayes to Victoria (it’s the one shown at 20/50 minutes past each hour in the table above), but no sign of any trains to Hayes from anywhere until after 8pm. So perhaps they’re stockpiling 31 trains at Hayes in advance, or maybe running a lot of trains back there empty… or Realtime trains is failing to show the planned service in the other direction. I’m guessing the latter and have added the trains in accordingly based on the after-8pm running times.

Sunday 11 January 2015

Minutes past
each hour
Destination Platform
02/32 Dartford (via Bexleyheath) 4
02/32 New Cross (via St. John’s) 1
03/33 Charlton (via Deptford-Westcombe Park) Bus
04/34 London Blackfriars (non-stop) 3
07/37 Dartford (via Blackheath, Charlton and all stops to Slade Green) 4
08/38 London Victoria (via Peckham Rye) 3
11/41 Gravesend (via Sidcup) [Dartford via Sidcup after 22.00] 2
15/45 Tonbridge (via Grove Park) 2
18/48 Charlton (via Deptford-Westcombe Park) Bus
18/48 London Victoria (calling at Denmark Hill only) 1
21/51 Hayes 2
26/56 Gillingham (via Blackheath, Charlton and selected stops via Slade Green) 4
27/57 London Victoria (non-stop) 1
29/59 London Victoria (non-stop) 3

Sunday 18 January 2015

Minutes past
each hour
Destination Platform
03/33 Charlton (via Deptford-Westcombe Park) Bus
02/32 Dartford (via Bexleyheath) 4
02/32 New Cross (via St. John’s) 1
04/34 London Blackfriars (non-stop) 3
07/37 Dartford (via Blackheath, Charlton and all stops to Slade Green) 4
08/38 London Victoria (via Peckham Rye) 3
11/41 Gravesend (via Sidcup) [Dartford via Sidcup after 22.00] 2
15/45 Charlton (via Deptford-Westcombe Park) Bus
15/45 Tonbridge (via Grove Park) 2
18/48 London Victoria (non-stop) 1
21/51 Hayes 2
25/55 London Victoria (non-stop) 1
26/56 Gillingham (via Blackheath, Charlton and selected stops via Slade Green) 4
29/59 London Victoria (non-stop) 3

I hope this info is helpful. I can’t promise to do this again for all future disruption through Lewisham station (which I expect a lot of over the next few years while the work at London Bridge station is ongoing) but it would be nice to think that Southeastern might take the hint and offer this information themselves. We passengers can but dream.