The Standard: trains are crowded

The Standard carried a piece a few weeks ago telling us what we already knew about trains in Brockley, but this time giving us the bad news in graphic form. We thought it worth linking to.

In our experience, however, it has been a lot easier to board trains at Brockley since the New Year, we assume due to recession reducing the number of commuters.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Use Ladywell, Crofton Park, Lewisham or St Johns - whichever's more convenient. Unless you live in Broca I don't see why you'd use Brockley station.

Brockley Nick said...

Erm, because using Brockley Station I can get from my front door to London Bridge in less time than it would take me to walk to Crofton Park or St John's? Because unless the trains aren't working properly, it is always possible to get on the train. Because I don't mind standing, squashed up against someone, while I read BC on my blackberry?

nobbly brick said...

Why not take a train to a more convenient station?

Don't use Ladywell, it's overcrowded and the trains are irregular

;)

darryl853 said...

There's certainly been a small drop-off on the Greenwich line's early trains; far fewer builders heading for the City's building projects.

all's well on endwell said...

"The overcrowding on the Forest Hill to London Bridge line has resulted in me being unable to face the daily torture of commuting any longer."

Is this unfortunate soul on suicide watch?

I've been disciplined enough to catch the the 0804 or earlier most days this year and it hasn't been too bad. In my experience that's the last one you can reliably expect any breathing room.

The Cat Man said...

I always get a seat on the 6.05am train! :o)

patrick1971 said...

On the subject of the Evening Standard, did anyone read Homes & Property last night? (I found it on the train, before anyone says anything.)

They did a property feature around the East London Line extension, mostly phase 2. Did you know that a train from Surrey Quays to Clapham Junction means that the whole of south east London "will no longer be isolated from the West End"? No, me neither.

Hugh said...

St Johns trains after about 8.30 are the way to travel, if you must take the train.

By the way, is St Johns-side Brockley conservation area the new East Dulwich?

Brockley Jon said...

Shhh, don't tell them about St. John's, Hugh!

And on your second point (with which you are surely trying to stir up a property prices debate?) - erm, no. Though I wish it was!

Hugh said...

Jon, which one are you on the platform in the morning? Not that skinny dandy with the huge lapels and big hair?

Brockley Nick said...

Hugh, you seem to think everyone involved with this website is a skinny dandy with big hair and pale skin.

Hugh said...

No Nick, the one I have in mind has a bright orange tan.

Headhunter said...

Errrm, Hugh I thought you cycled in? And why would St John's side Brockley cons area be the new East Dulwich?

Hugh said...

Headhunter, I do cycle in as a rule. Bike at the menders at the moment - cracked frame. That's the bad news. Good news is I may get a new frame for free. Not bad considering the current one is 3 years old and I rather like the design for the 2009 model.

St Johns (no apostrophe, note - but don't blame me) is nevertheless a great station provided you don't attempt to use it before 8.30am.

As for that side of the BCA being the new ED, just thought I'd air the thought for general merriment.

Hold on - this can't be the real Hugh - the old Hugh - Hugh the renegade master of illiterate behavya - can it?

psyche9 said...

I travel on Crofton Park line most mornings but sometimes get the train from Honor Oak or Brockley to London Bridge. My impression is the trains on the two lines are as crowded as each other. (and i have big hair,though am female...)

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

I usually get the 7.44 from St Johns which is a 10 coach latest design train.

Very civilised, lots of room and suprisingly more space nearer the front, which is good for a quick exit at London Bridge.

If it's cancelled however the 7.52 is virtually impossible to board.

patrick1971 said...

The 0818 from Ladywell to Charing Cross is my regular train, and usually fine provided its run with its full complement of eight coaches and 0806 isn't cancelled. In either of those circumstances it is rammed. I can never understand why the 0818 is full when the 0806 is cancelled, though; the 0806 goes to Lewisham, St Johns, New Cross, London Bridge and Cannon Street, whereas the 0818 goes to Waterloo East and London Bridge only, so there's no destination crossover.

The 0818 is also good for having an evil laugh at people who think it stops at London Bridge (despite all the station signs and driver announcements every morning pointing out that this isn't the case), edge towards the door and then look blankly as the train cruises through London Bridge without stopping. One or two every morning, guaranteed.

psyche9, on the odd occasions when I get the 0809 from Crofton Park, I've found it really variable; sometimes it's been fine, but other times it's been absolutely mobbed.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Nick that the trains have seemed slightly less crowded since the new year - haven't yet had a morning when I haven't been able to get on a train - even got a seat on the 7.36 from Brockley the other day (though I usually get the 8.04 or 8.16 which are more crowded)

Loo Baker said...

Take the train from Nunhead.

Not only are there wonderful views from the platform but you have the added excitement of being able to guess whether or not your train will show up.

psyche9 said...

I've noticed that odd variability with trains : you think you've discovered a nice quiet time to get your train, then, the next time, it is packed. Doesn't seem to be seasonal or depend on train cancellations or days of week... The 8.09 is about the only train where there's only a 15 minute gap between it and the one before, as opposed to the normal half hour at Crofton Park. I fear I have to get the 7.30 most days, which is horribly crowded. At least at that time of day people aren't usually trying to insert bikes, trophy dogs or those vast 4x4 baby buggies.

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