Passengers encouraged to take part in GTR and Southeastern timetable consultations

30 June 2017

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and Southeastern are both consulting on major timetable changes for 2018 and London TravelWatch urges passengers to feed in to these consultations.

Proposed GTR timetable changes

GTR have started the second phase of their 2018 timetable consultation which is the biggest timetable overhaul in a generation, designed to provide more reliable services, with more capacity for passengers.

Passengers can visit a dedicated website to view timetables, search times by station, and see summary factsheets available by area.

Paper copies of the documents are available on request by writing to: GTR Timetable Consultation, c/o East Side Offices, London Kings Cross Station, N1C 4AP

The consultation into the weekday timetables runs until 5pm on Thursday 27 July 2017.  Weekend timetables will be consulted on later in the year.

Proposed Southeastern timetable changes

Southeastern is seeking feedback on proposed changes to its timetable effective from 20 May 2018.

The timetable change is required as GTR will be introducing additional Thameslink services into Kent, increasing frequency on some routes and replacing some Southeastern services. The Southeastern timetable needs to be adjusted to allow these services to be integrated.

For Southeastern passengers there are no major changes and the level of service will be broadly what it is today.

Full details of the changes can be found on their website where you can download the draft timetables for each Southeastern route.

The main features of the draft timetable are:

  • Cannon Street trains are now able to stop at London Bridge.  Charing Cross trains diverted to Cannon Street in January 2015 return to their original service pattern. This includes the peak services from Orpington to Blackfriars via Lewisham which return to Charing Cross.
  • Six trains per hour Monday to Saturday serving New Eltham, Sidcup, Bexley and Crayford
  • Reduced off-peak journey times between Charing Cross, Dartford and Gravesend
  • Extension of  Victoria to Dartford services off peak to Gravesend calling at Greenhithe
  • Six trains per hour at peak times for Deptford, Greenwich, Maze Hill and Westcombe Park
  • Six trains per hour at peak times for West Dulwich, Sydenham Hill, Penge east, Kent House and Beckenham Junction
  • GTR service between Beckenham Junction and Blackfriars to transfer to Southeastern. Service to be enhanced to five trains per hour in the morning and evening peaks
  • Additional peak services calling at Denmark Hill
  • Additional 698 seats from Ashford to St. Pancras in the morning peak
  • Two trains per hour on the Gillingham to Charing cross service operated by Southeastern to be replaced by a two trains per hour Rainham to Luton service via London Bridge, Blackfriars and St. Pancras, operated by GTR
  • Two Victoria – Orpington via Bromley South services per hour withdrawn between Bromley South and Orpington. They will be replaced by new GTR services from Kentish Town to Orpington via Bromley South.

The consultation closes on Wednesday, 9 August. Responses can be made by emailing timetablemanagement@southeasternrailway.co.uk or writing to: Southeastern May 18 Timetable consultation, Friars Bridge Court, 41-45 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8NZ.

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