Storm disrupts Brockley transport services

At least they're being realistic. National Rail Enquiries reports that due to this evening's anticipated storms, there will be no Overground services and possibly no Southeastern trains tomorrow morning before 9am. Southern is also expected to be operating a reduced timetable.

"After this, it is expected that a normal service will resume on all routes." Although of course, that normal service is likely to be playing catch-up for a long-time afterwards, as delayed commuters swamp the trains.

With thanks to Monkeyboy for the warning.

UPDATE (07.52): Southeastern are not currently able to run train services due to the risk of trees falling onto the railway lines, damage to equipment and localised flooding. Southeastern expect to run a reduced service later this morning, with many routes not starting until after 09:00.

UPDATE (08.13): John Higginson has tweeted this photo of a cherry tree, blown over in Manor Avenue.

UPDATE (08.18): The Old Kent Road is closed-off near Asda (reportedly due to wind blowing over a crane on a building site), which is bad news if you're trying to bus in.

UPDATE (09.25):

17 comments:

Keith said...

What the hell! The service was terrible enough last week!


Damn crappy service.

Woman of Brockley said...

Oh, don't be so silly. If the drivers and other essential staff can't get to where they need to be by the required time there will be problems. Far better to know this in advance and plan accordingly. I vividly remember waking up on the morning of the October 1987 storm and finding that we had no electricity and no landline connection (this was a long time before the advent of mobiles and internet). I walked up to Crofton Park station and found there was no service. Belatedly grasped that this was not just a minor local problem after hearing the news on a battery-powered radio in a shop when I went in to get a paper. On finding that it was impossible to get on a bus, I went home. Hardly anybody from my office made it into work that day. My husband walked to work and found that Peckham Rye was littered with fallen trees and when he got in there was nobody else much in. So he walked home again. In exceptional times, you have to expect that transport services won't, can't, work as normal. Get a grip.

Lastangryman said...

Hmm not so sure love but I will enjoy my lie in tomorrow.

notMichaelFish said...

It actually says about South Eastern:
"Southeastern will run an amended timetable on Monday 28 October, with the possibility of services not starting until 09:00 or 10:00 on Monday morning. DInformation will be posted here when available and it is advised you check the latest travel information before starting your journey."

That's from http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/60170.aspx

I'd hate for anyone to miss work unnecessarily...

Overground Commuter said...

The first timetabled service tomorrow from Brockley from Platform 1 is the 0916 to London Bridge, with Southern trains operating every 15 minutes from then. (Victoria at 0930 from Platform 2) London Overground ELL services start at 1023 to Highbury and Islington and then to normal timetable. http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/search/advanced/BCY/2013/10/28/0600-2000?stp=WVS&show=all&order=wtt

maisie_moo said...

Best to assume it will be a fair bit later than a 9am start, since this evening the Met Office were predicting 5am-10am as the peak time for the storm in London.

Poo Face said...

Is everyone ok? My chairs blew over!

jellybean said...

people are seemingly ignoring the fact that you can get a bus to just about anywhere. this is very little wind now and I got a bus, as usual, at 8am this morning. this "storm" was, in my opinion, just a little bit overhyped.


our garden chairs are still upright.

Brockley Nick said...

I came in by bus at 6.30am. But I imagine buses were pretty full, what with all the trains not running...

jellybean said...

the bus I got was moderately full but not much different from usual - i saw a few go past on the walk to the bus stop which looked the same.


it feels (from twitter and elsewhere) like people are using the fact that there's no trains to get off work...but if you live in brockley and work in central it's pretty easy to get in by bus. it just takes longer!


obviously i begrudge no-one a cheeky skive...

terrencetrentderby said...

Thanks for the heads up "Mokeyboy", on way to work now following a well planned lie in and full English.

AndyScorgie said...

I drove in this morning, the problem on Old Kent Rd was scaffolding blowing down and also Marshalsea Rd shut at Borough owing to a tree blowing down. Not exactly the1987 hurricane was it!

Headhunter said...

I cycled.... There were a lot of road closures - OKR, up around Borough, The Mall, part of Berkeley Sq and other places. The police were directing cyclists onto the pavement so I could get through. Lots of tress or bits of trees across roads. Scaffolding had collapsed from the side of buildings in a couple of places and every road was strewn with twigs and branches. It's a miracle I didn't get a puncture. Shoulda stayed in bed...

THNick said...

I walked to OKR to get a bus. Then walked back to New Cross Bus Garage as the OKR was shut. I stood at bus stop for 20 minutes whilst about half a dozen people got on buses, mostly the buses were too full to stop. I then got a 343 the very long way around into town.

Dekanube said...

Three deaths. How many makes a proper storm?

Danja said...

At least one of the OKR problems was the crane on the building site just after Asda (heading into town). It's the second time they've lost the jib on that!

Monkeyboy said...

well at least you're not dead... http://www.southeastcentral.co.uk/threads/great-storm-of-27-28th-october-2013-really.5215/#post-17338

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