Southeastern plans Olympic service cuts to Deptford

853 blog has done an admirable job of highlighting Southeastern's relatively unsung plans to cut train services to Deptford and a host of other SE London stations during the Olympics. Under their proposals, Deptford will only be served by two trains per hour, rather than the usual six, which ought to render the station practically unusable, due to overcrowding.

The changes are planned in response to a dramatic shift in usage patterns during the Games, as people travel to events at Greenwich Park, the O2 and Woolwich.

Now, 853 has managed to extract a response from both Lewisham and Greenwich Councils. Both object, not only because of the disruption this will cause to residents but also because it will limit these destinations' ability to attract Olympic visitors.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Deptford and Lewisham definitely top of tourists' list of London sights to see.

Brockley Nick said...

I appreciate that they aren't Buckingham Palace or Madame Tussauds, but there are an anticipated 6m visitors coming to London for the Games and the plan is supposed to be to spread the benefits as widely as possible. Deptford in particular has quite a bit of heritage and culture for the more adventurous traveller. It is one stop from Olympic Greenwich.

Stopping them from getting there easily is not helpful.

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Paddyom said...

My dad loves going to Lewisham when he visits London. Says it reminds him of Only Fools and Horses. Plus Ireland is so mono-cultural by comparison he thinks its amazing down in the 'Sham.

THNIck said...

Nick, but if you read southeasterns announcements, if they don't make these changes, then they think commuters will end up worse off as Olympics tourists block up the trains.

Ed CPZ said...

I'll be investing in an electric cattle-prod for the games, to be used Monty Burns style on the tourists!

hardlianotion said...

THNIck:
Unless running fewer trains through Deptford somehow allows SouthEastern to run more trains through Greenwich, don't see how this can improve matters, as tourists will still be on the Deptford train.

Tamsin said...

I wouldn't trust Southeastern as far as I could thow up on them - looks like they are just going for a simple option rather than being innovative, like renting rolling stock from other franchisees (before privatisation there would have been no trouble deploying stock across the whole third rail area to where there was the greatest need).

The mere fact that they don't seem to be counting those who use the stations they propose closing as "stakeholders" (ghastly term anyway) strikes me as indicating that they know they are behaving shabbily.

Well done 853 for highlighting it.

Brockley Nick said...

@THNick - when they say commuters might be worse off, they don't mean commuters from Deptford or the rest of SE London, they mean people from the provinces. Deptford Station would be rendered unusable, just as it's been rebuilt...

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