Major Changes to Rail Services August 2016 - January 2018

southeastern Railways have released details of the new timetable - starting in August 2016 - and, with the on-going redevelopment work at London Bridge, Greenwich Line users will face some substantial changes and challenges on our train service.

The full list of changes can be found below and in the southeastern document - available to download - but train passengers using Deptford, Greenwich, Maze Hill and Westcombe Park should be aware that (1) we will have no train services at all for a week around the August Bank Holiday weekend and (2) between then and January 2018, our trains will NOT stop at London Bridge at all and access to that station, its local area, to Waterloo East and Charing Cross will all have to be accomplished using alternative methods of transport.

Tickets will be valid for authorised alternative routes on tubes and buses - including those passengers who might wish to travel down line to Charlton in order to board a Charing Cross service train (which will call at London Bridge)

southeastern Railways report -

  • Network Rail requires a major closure at London Bridge at the end of August.
  • Work will affect Southeastern services for six days from Saturday 27 August to Thursday 1 September inclusive. 

The new platforms 7, 8 and 9 at London Bridge will open allowing Southeastern services to and from Charing Cross to once again call at London Bridge.

London Bridge platforms 1, 2 and 3 will close meaning trains to and from Cannon Street will no longer call at London Bridge until completion of the Thameslink Programme in 2018

Until August 2017, trains FROM Charing Cross will NOT stop at London Bridge on Mondays to Fridays between 0804 and 0917. Trains TO Charing Cross will NOT stop on Mondays to Fridays between 1632 and 1804

Additional early morning trains will run meaning that on Mondays to Fridays all Metro routes will have arrivals into both Cannon Street and Charing Cross prior to 0700

We’ll be increasing the number of 12 car operated trains to London Bridge, Waterloo East and Charing Cross providing more capacity at the busiest times

At Off-Peak times we’ll be running six trains per hour from Lewisham to Charing Cross instead of four

On Sundays the existing pattern of service will continue to operate to and from Cannon Street and Charing Cross with some re-timings to take account of Charing Cross services calling at London Bridge.

We appreciate that not everyone will be happy with the outcome of the consultation,  but all timetables are a compromise between the service specification set by the Department for Transport, the infrastructure and rolling stock resources available and the sometimes conflicting, but equally legitimate demands of passengers and stakeholders from the stations we serve.

If you have any comments, please respond to by close of business on Friday 24 June.

Mike Gibson
Public Affairs Manager
Friars Bridge Court
41-45 Blackfriars Road
London, SE1 8PG"

 PDF icon Timetable overview

southeastern railways August plans