Brockley train service to be disrupted next month

This will be fun. TfL issues this advice for people travelling from Brockley station:

From Saturday 23 until Sunday 31 August, services at London Bridge mainline rail station will be affected while engineering work is carried out by Network Rail. This is part of the Thameslink Programme to increase capacity and improve connections. London Bridge Tube station will not be affected.

If you normally use Brockley station, please note the following for this 9 day period:

• London Overground weekday services between Sydenham and Canada Water are expected to be busier than usual for the time of year, with crowding and queuing on platforms, especially during the morning and evening peaks. This is as a result of National Rail customers using this route while their services are not running
• An enhanced London Overground service will operate between Crystal Palace and Canada Water during the morning and evening peaks to help meet increased demand

10 comments:

trainboy said...

I love it when Southern randomly cancel morning trains forcing angry commuters onto the Overground cattle trucks, surely Southern must have one of the worst service records?

Mackerel Sky said...

Mind you, as the posting says, there will be more Overground trains running through Brockley to take people northwards to change at Canada Water. This is at the expense of the Overground service from New Cross, which is withdrawn on these days to allow the rolling stock to run the Brockley route.


Anyone living in northern or central Brockley would probably we wise to use New Cross or St. Johns stations to get up to London Bridge.

OffDutyBill said...

Considering the Overgrounds are already full and the idea of them having enough spare to add to the service to replace the trains is absolutely laughable, I'd say it's going to be pretty hellish that week. There's also Southeastern trains from Crofton Park but they too are already overfull.

ladywell resident said...

Without trying to sound too callous, I don't care, but if they did the same to the Ladywell line I would

James said...

Looks like I’ll be riding, even if it is a 24mile round commute… crappy train services.

Bogarte said...

I am taking the week off. I suppose if they have to close the station it's probably one of the least worst weeks to do it as many people will be on holiday.

Monkeyboy said...

or get a bus, not speedy but usually get a seat if you get an earlyish one. 171, 172 gets you right into london, stop at Waterloo to pick up the jubilee line and elephant & castle to get the bakerloo or northern. the world wont end.

Ez said...

Or the 21: Lesoco to LB. 30 mins usually and no kids in August.

Se4ldn said...

This has been known for months. Tfl were giving leaflets about it two months ago at the station.

If tfl has any sense, they will close the New Cross branch and divert more trains towards Crystal Palace/West Croydon route.

Mackerel Sky said...

You're right - it has been known about for a while - but I guess it's handy to be reminded now it's nearer the time. Perhaps it's also worth reminding people of the far more disruptive London Bridge works going on through to 2018. Check out this page for the whole shebang:

http://www.thameslinkprogramme.co.uk/key-dates-and-service-changes


But maybe pour yourself a stiff drink before reading it... :)

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