Southeastern will be introducing a new timetable next week, following consultation with stakeholders and passengers.
The new timetable comes into effect on Sunday 15th December, with shorter journey times on many Highspeed and Mainline services, better connections at a number of key stations, and changes to train lengths to make the best use of available capacity.
Shorter journey times on many Highspeed and Mainline services
Reduced journey times on a number of Highspeed services will save time for many passengers, as first announced in our timetable consultation earlier in the year, with passengers from Margate, Ramsgate and Canterbury West set to benefit most.
Better connections at key points on the Southeastern network
In response to feedback we received from passengers and stakeholders earlier in the year, about the importance of improving connections at key points on our network, we have made changes where possible to achieve this.
As a result of the new timetable, connections between many services will be quicker and more efficient at a number of key stations, including from Ramsgate to London St Pancras and London Victoria, connections at Grove Park to and from the Bromley North branch and connections at Swanley for passengers from Shoreham and Eynsford.
Changes to train lengths to better allocate capacity and improve accessibility
Changes to train lengths will better allocate capacity to the busiest services, alleviating overcrowding with extra carriages. To enable us to do this we will be shortening trains on services where capacity is less needed, or where its current capacity is only fully used for a short part of its journey.Changes to train lengths to better allocate capacity and improve accessibility
More modern, longer trains will be used on the Sittingbourne-Sheerness branch line, spreading the benefits of newer trains across our network.
As part of Southeastern’s commitment to supporting passengers with reduced mobility, all train services will comply with the Department for Transport’s accessibility requirements from January 1 2020.
More boarding time at some stations to accommodate passenger growth
A growth in passenger numbers at some London stations also means we will be making a small increase to boarding time – in most cases of no more than one minute – at a few of our stations within Greater London. In turn this will make our service more reliable and subject to fewer delays.
These stations included in this are: Brixton, West Dulwich, Sydenham Hill and Peckham Rye.
Read our timetable consultation report
Ahead of the timetable’s introduction, we have also published a report on our timetable consultation findings. Read our timetable consultation report.
In our report we set out the findings of our consultation, which we ran over the Summer, our response to the feedback we received and further detail on the highlights of the key changes we will be making next week.