Southern proposes one fewer rush hour train from 2018

Southern Rail has published a consultation document regarding services from 2018, when the London Bridge upgrade is completed. The reward they're offering Brockley commuters for the years of disruption they have experienced is a reduction in service from 5 trains per hour during peak time to 4 trains per hour. All Brockley services will terminate at London Bridge.

The reduction in peak time capacity is likely to be offset by two more East London Line trains from 2018, but given that this route is already hugely overcrowded and usage has been growing fast, it would be a shame to lose an overland train.

The consultation states:

"Analysis has also revealed that passengers travelling from stations between Norwood

Junction and New Cross Gate in many cases travel beyond London Bridge to stations such as London Charing Cross, London Blackfriars and City Thameslink. Whilst this route ranked third in terms of passengers travelling to Thameslink stations, London Overground are expected to operate additional services to meet this demand. Introducing Thameslink trains on this route is not appropriate due to the direct interaction with other high frequency trains on the East London Line and a lack of suitable turnaround facilities. 

"Alternative high frequency Thameslink and Southeastern trains will be available at London Bridge where passengers will be able to easily interchange, for onward destinations, between trains using step-free access." 

On the up-side, there is also continued recognition that the Crofton Park service needs improvement, with the consultation noting:

"The Catford Loop line generates significant passenger demand but currently is only served by two trains per hour throughout the day. It is recognised that this route requires a more frequent service than is currently provided."

In 2021, TfL will take control of these routes and save us from Southern.


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