Southeastern trains 2015 timetable published.
Southeastern has today published the proposed timetable for January 2015 at www.southeasternrailway.co.uk/your-journey/timetables/januarytimetable/, giving passengers advance notice about upcoming improvements to services and the changes needed to accommodate construction work at London Bridge station.
The work at London Bridge is part of the £6.5 billion government-sponsored Thameslink Programme – which will dramatically increase capacity on one of Europe’s busiest stretches of railway.
Once complete, the station will include new platforms for more trains and a huge new concourse. Work will also commence on untangling the track outside the station, which will reduce delays from trains crossing pathways and waiting outside the station for platforms to clear.
From January 2015, work will commence on Southeastern’s platforms 4, 5 and 6 and the approaching track and signalling. Southeastern’s new timetable includes the service changes required for when construction work starts and also provides new long-term improvements developed to provide extra services and new journey opportunities.
The Southeastern trains 2015 timetable has been developed following consultation with passengers and stakeholders.
The principal changes to services to accommodate the Thameslink construction include:
Long-term service improvements include:
Southeastern have said that they are committed to providing improvements to services and keeping passengers informed during the London Bridge work, and they say that today’s announcement is the first stage in assisting its customers with forward-planning for the period.
The company has stated that it is also working together with the transport industry through the Travel Demand Management Board to co-ordinate planning – and more detailed information, including routing advice will be communicated over the coming months. The rail industry is also working out how these specific service changes affect ticketing, with the objective that customers shouldn’t be out of pocket while Network Rail is doing this crucial work.
Charles Horton, managing director of Southeastern, said: “The project to rebuild London Bridge station is an enormous challenge and one of the biggest railway construction projects since the Second World War.
“The government investment will provide a brand new station with a concourse the size of the pitch at Wembley Stadium, new journey opportunities to the north and south of England, and this will untangle the railway lines to remove the bottleneck we experience today.
“This will however, mean our passengers, particularly those who use London Bridge station will need to change their travel patterns while the work is carried out. We’ve got a huge job to provide a service that meets demand at a time when track capacity has much reduced, and we’ve developed a timetable – with new journey opportunities, longer trains and later services to help meet that challenge.
“We consulted with our customers and stakeholders to develop our plans and this timetable balances the competing needs of passengers with the infrastructure constraints.
“Today we’ve released the timetables early, so that customers can look at the changes and start to plan ahead, and as we move closer to 11 January 2015, when the Southeastern trains 2015 timetable takes effect, we’ll be ramping up our efforts to keep people informed.”