Rush hour London Bridge service cut due to Thameslink disruption

The Thameslink upgrade work, which required the suspension of London Bridge train services over Christmas and which has caused severe delays to the services this week, since they resumed is going to cause further pain, with the announcement that Brockley will lose five rush-hour trains until Friday, and possibly for the longer term.

The announcement from Network Rail says:

"Over the festive break we undertook 16 days of work rebuilding two new platforms, removing and replacing 3km of track and installing new signalling into London Bridge. This work was completed on time.

"However, the new timetable has proved challenging to manage. We have reviewed this and made some immediate changes to a small number of evening peak services which will reduce the pressure on the infrastructure and allow us to deliver a more punctual service that passengers deserve. We will monitor the service this week and assess if any longer term changes are required.

"We have reviewed the operation of the station concourse, placed more staff at London Bridge, and implemented additional crowd control measures to separate passengers entering and exiting trains. By the end of the week, we will have additional passenger information screens, so the concourse is used more evenly.

"To avoid a repeat of the last two nights' disruption, we have made some immediate changes to a small number of evening peak services, which will reduce the pressure on the infrastructure and allow us to deliver an improved service.

"The trains that are being withdrawn are five London Bridge to West Croydon services. They are: 16.36, 17.06, 17.38, 18.06, 18.36. Three West Croydon services into London Bridge are also withdrawn: 17.12, 18.13, 17.42.

"We are withdrawing these services as alternative routes are available for passengers who normally take those trains. Passengers for Brockley, Honor Oak Park, Forest Hill and Sydenham will have a half-hourly service."

28 comments:

Urgh said...

Unbelievable. Canada Water will need crowd control. It's already dangerous at the moment, and someone will be on the tracks at this rate.

My Fair Lady Commuter said...

London Bridge is falling down. Nightmare!

irate brockleyite said...

Lame lame lame. They are moving backwards. All hail progress from network rail. Idiots.

terrencetrentderby said...

Hopefully Southern won't spontaneously decide to cancel trains in addition on these evenings.
The less said about the morning trains the better, the much last-minute-cancelled 8:17 to London Bridge has been the sacrificial lamb for some time now, completely ballsing up the following trains, AND the 8:04 has been shortened to a crappy 8 coach. Screw you Southern, don't make me get the reliable but disgusting Overground with the rest of the scum.
Cannon Street to New Cross is quite reliable though and only 9 minutes if you work near there and don't mind a brisk walk on the other end...

Some bloke said...

I honestly can't believe this, how do they think people are going to get home? You can't even get into London Bridge station as there are so many people. Imagine what it will be like if you take away 5 trains! Canada Water will be horrific.

Crofty said...

Might be a good idea if people tweet pix of the evening nightmares at Canada Water the same way they tweeted about London Bridge, to make rail bosses realise a permanent cancellation of these West Croydon trains from London Bridge is NOT an answer, while the issue is still in the media.

Kentish said...

Tfl doesn't care if a few South East Londoners go. Their handling of the 172 route is enough to highlight their utter contempt for this region of London.

Jules said...

v angry about this assumption that canada water is an alternative route. my point-to-point ticket isn't valid so this isn't an alternative. sure this is the case for many others, have tweeted to southern and network rail to make our tickets valid. wondering how many others have this issue?

Andy Scorgie said...

In one sense it is clear that Nitwit Rail are complete incompetents who are unable to find their collective bottom with both hands in broad daylight and have never heard of critical path analysis. That said as there are only six available platforms and three lines in and out it is obvious that something has to give if any kind of "service" is to be provided. The West Croydon services are a no brainer for the chop since they are amply covered if people take Horsham and Tattenham Corner trains which stop at NXG or the Victoria stopper and change at Honor Oak or Forrest Hill using a less bunged Overground service to make West Croydon. Of course this only works if they stick to the timetable for the Vic stopper Horsham and Tattenham corner trains!!!

jules said...

http://www.southernrailway.com/ tweeted southern - they confirm tickets with be valid on the alternative route. wont help the overcrowding but its something.

terrencetrentderby said...

You may, I will be travelling in style on a real train.
Enjoy the armpits and teeth sucking.

Ian Culshaw said...

I've been taking the Hayes service which has so far been the halo of the evening.

It's always rammed but it always runs.

Stops at New Cross, St Johns, Lewisham, Ladywell, Catford & Lower Sydenham.

http://www.southeasternrailway.co.uk/download/15888.6/metro-8-5-october-2014-to-10-january-2015/

barryls said...

Rush hour trains every half hour? Welcome to Crofton Park.

Balls Up said...

It's worth mentioning that none of these are a viable option if you wish to change at London Bridge to connect to Charing Cross. if you want to get to Charing Cross the best alternative once the changes kick in is to.....


er...




Oh, there is no alternative.

Ian Culshaw said...

Take the 172 to E&C and take the Northern Line.. bliss ;)

CorrectionBot3000 said...

Correction:
Crofton Park to E&C then Bakerloo to CC

Ahem said...

You forgot Overground to Whitechapel then district to Embankment.

AliAfro said...

Trains at Crofton Park noticeably busier this morning...

Headhunter said...

I've got a Brockley to London terminals ticket too... You can use the Tube and buses from London Bridge with it although obviously those options will be very crowded. That's on the net somehwere. I also heard somewhere that "any reasonable route" will be considered so perhaps you could even use the ELL and change (along with millions of others)...

Headhunter said...

I have to say that this is all a bit of a nightmare and the train authorities don't necessarily seem to be the best managed in the world but it does seem to be a massive project at London Bridge and it must be tough to keep everything running as efficiently as possible whilst this is going on so I would expect some disruption - not that I like it. The problem is that from the 70s until more recently there has been little investment in the rail network. London Bridge station was essentially an early Victorian shed with some 1960s and 70s stuff bolted on. I appreciate that someone in power has actually finally decided to spend a couple of billion on the train system... Hopefully we'll all benefit eventually...

Headhunter said...

None of this is any good if you have a Brockley to London terminals ticket anyway....

Fat Controller said...

Lewisham will still have CC services.

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Hip-HOP said...

The withdrawn trains to West Croydon will stay withdrawn next week (see Southern site). I rather suspect they will remain withdrawn for the forseeable future.

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brendan said...

ITV News London wants to keep an eye the misery for SE Londoners caused by the timetable changes. Would anyone affected be willing to keep a video diary of a week's commute? Contact brendan.mcgowan@itn.co.uk

confused said...

You’re joking! I went back to Brockley via London Bridge last night; it’s not a patch on the Crofton Park line. ITV want to get on to the Crofton Park service to really see something sensational. This week I’ve seen a block standing IN BETWEEN the carriages and 2 people sharing the toilets (probably the most comfortable place actually). People can’t get on at Nunhead… and this is the 7.29am service!! And it’s been like this before the London Bridge changes. It won’t be long before people get into the luggage racks just to get to work.   

 

The rail companies are running an unsafe, over capacity, overcrowded, oversold – probably illegal service and not just getting away with it but actually coining it in. Get ITV onto that.    

Pizza snob said...

1000x in agreement. The mere fact they serve zone 3 (barely - almost zone 2) station twice an hour is nothing short of a joke. The fact it is constantly late and dangerously overcrowded needs to be on the bloody news

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