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May 2018 timetable

Times are changing...

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Our new timetable starts on Sunday 20 May and includes major changes to train times. 

  • More services and new journey opportunities for many stations
  • New Thameslink connections from London Bridge every few minutes to Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon and St Pancras
  • New direct Thameslink services from some Southeastern stations
  • Our response to the May timetable consultation can be downloaded here
  • Some new Thameslink services on routes into Kent are being gradually introduced over three weeks from Sunday 20 May. For full details please go to Govia Thameslink Railway’s Rail Plan 2020 website
    For a summary about how this will affect Southeastern passengers click here.

  • Make time to check how your journey will change via our journey planner or National Rail
  • Follow us on Twitter @SE_Railway #Timesarechanging 
  • We are running some local Meet the Manager sessions so you can discuss how the changes may affect your journey. Visit our Meet the Manager page to see if a session is being held near you. 

Download May timetables

The stations which will see the most significant changes are detailed below - 

Ashford International

  • We’ve changed the way we run our high speed trains to provide extra carriages where they are needed the most, adding 698 extra peak-time seats from Ashford International to St Pancras.

  • Both the 07:44 and 08:16 services will be doubled in length from 6 to 12 carriages. 

Bromley South, Bickley

  • A new Thameslink service between Kentish Town and Orpington will run via Catford twice every hour.

  • The service between Victoria and Orpington is revised, and two trains each hour will only run between Victoria and Bromley South.

  • Mainline routes will run at a similar frequency, but many times have changed.

Charlton, Woolwich Arsenal, Plumstead, Abbey Wood, Slade Green

  • 8 trains per hour all day (6 on Sundays) with a choice of destinations.

  • Direct train services to more Central London stations -
    4 trains per hour to Cannon Street (2 on Sundays)
    2 trains per hour to Charing Cross

  • 2 Thameslink trains per hour to Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon, St Pancras and Luton Airport.

  • Change at London Bridge for connections to Waterloo East and Charing Cross.

Dartford

  • Fastest journey time to Charing Cross will be 38 minutes (was 46).

  • Direct train services to more destinations - 
    2 trains per hour run by Thameslink to Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon, St Pancras and Luton Airport.

  • At peak times there will still be direct trains to Cannon Street. Off-Peak, change at London Bridge for connections to and from Cannon Street.

Deptford, Greenwich, Maze Hill, Westcombe Park

  • Direct train services to more Central London stations - 
    4 trains per hour to Cannon Street (2 on Sundays)
    2 Thameslink trains per hour to Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon, St Pancras and Luton Airport.

  • Change at London Bridge for connections to Waterloo East and Charing Cross.

Ebbsfleet International

  • Changes to highspeed services to provide extra carriages where they are needed the most.

  • 0836 service doubled in length from 6 to 12 carriages, adding 349 extra peak-time seats to St Pancras.

 

Gravesend

  • 8 trains per hour Off-Peak instead of 6 (including 2 Highspeed services to St Pancras).

  • Faster off-peak journey times to Charing Cross

  • Direct train services to more destinations
    Direct services to Victoria and Denmark Hill (for King’s College Hospital).
    2 trains per hour run by Thameslink to Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon, St Pancras and Luton Airport.

  • At peak times there will still be direct trains to Cannon Street. Off-Peak, change at London Bridge for connections to and from Cannon Street.

 

Greenhithe

  • 6 trains per hour Off-Peak instead of 4

  • Faster off-peak journey times to Charing Cross

  • Direct train services to more destinations -
    Direct services to Victoria and Denmark Hill (for King’s College Hospital).
    2 trains per hour run by Thameslink to Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon, St Pancras and Luton Airport. 

  • At peak times there will still be direct trains to Cannon Street. Off-Peak, change at London Bridge for connections to and from Cannon Street. 

 

Higham, Strood

  • 2 trains per hour run by Thameslink to Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon, St Pancras and Luton Airport. 

  • At peak times there will still be direct trains to Cannon Street. Off-Peak, change at London Bridge for connections to and from Cannon Street, Waterloo East and Charing Cross.

Kidbrooke, Eltham, Falconwood, Welling, Bexleyheath, Barnehurst

  • Direct off-peak services to Greenhithe (for Bluewater) and Gravesend.

  • Change at London Bridge for new Thameslink connections to Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon, St Pancras and Luton Airport. 

Lee, Mottingham, Albany Park

  • Still 4 trains per hour to London (2 to Cannon Street, 2 to Charing Cross) but revised times. 

  • Change at London Bridge new Thameslink connections to Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon, St Pancras and Luton Airport. 

New Eltham, Sidcup, Bexley, Crayford

  • 6 trains per hour Off-Peak (2 to Cannon Street, 4 to Charing Cross).

  • Change at London Bridge for new Thameslink connections to Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon, St Pancras and Luton Airport. 

Northfleet and Swanscombe

  • 4 trains per hour Off-Peak instead of 2

  • Faster off-peak journey times to Charing Cross

  • Direct train services to more destinations - 
    2 trains per hour run by Thameslink to Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon, St Pancras and Luton Airport.

  • Change at London Bridge for connections to and from Cannon Street. 

Petts Wood, Orpington

  • Direct services to more Central London stations. 

  • 2 Thameslink trains per hour all day to Blackfriars, Farringdon and St Pancras.

  • 2 trains per hour to Victoria - change at Bromley South for additional connections to and from Victoria. 

Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham, Rainham

  • 2 trains per hour run by Thameslink to Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon, St Pancras and Luton Airport.

  • More direct Peak trains to Denmark Hill (for King’s College Hospital).

  • At peak times there will still be direct trains to Cannon Street. Off-Peak, change at London Bridge for connections to and from Cannon Street, Waterloo East and Charing Cross.

 

Stone Crossing

  • 4 trains per hour Off-Peak instead of 2

  • Faster off-peak journey times to Charing Cross

  • Direct train services to more destinations - 
    2 trains per hour run by Thameslink to Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon, St Pancras and Luton Airport.

  • At peak times there will still be direct trains to Cannon Street. Off-Peak, change at London Bridge for connections to and from Cannon Street. 

West Dulwich, Sydenham Hill, Penge East, Kent House, Beckenham Junction

  • More trains to and from London Blackfriars, with 5 to London in the morning and 5 returning in the evening. Some longer distance trains will stop additionally.

  • All services provided by Southeastern. Thameslink trains no longer serve these stations. 

Woolwich Dockyard, Belvedere, Erith

  • Still 6 trains per hour to London (4 on Sundays) but revised times. 

  • New Off-Peak direct service to Waterloo East and Charing Cross (2 trains per hour) with 4 trains per hour to Cannon Street.

  • Change at London Bridge new Thameslink connections to Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon, St Pancras and Luton Airport. 

Planning a journey or buying a ticket in advance? 

Network Rail has made a temporary change to how far in advance it confirms rail timetables. This is a national issue, and the majority of journeys are unaffected. More detailed information is available here

In a small number of cases the timetable will not be confirmed until less than the usual 12-weeks before travel. Wherever possible. we've highlighted those journeys yet to be confirmed in our journey planner.

You can still book tickets in advance, and our Advance fares are available up until 6pm on the day before travel. If you buy an Advance ticket for a train that is subsequently changed or cancelled, we will refund you. Check before you travel by using our journey planner, National Rail Enquiries or download our On Track app for the most up-to-date information. 

Ticket acceptance

Travelling to Farringdon or St Pancras 

If you hold a ticket that's valid to 'London terminals' but not valid on our High speed services, you can use this northwards as far as City Thameslink. 

Only tickets to London Terminals that are valid on High speed services to St Pancras can be used to travel between St Pancras, Farringdon and City Thameslink. 

If you hold a 'London terminals' season ticket, not valid on High speed, and wish to travel to Farringdon or St Pancras, you'll need to exchange your ticket*. 

If you hold a daily ticket, you'll need to buy a ticket between City Thameslink and St Pancras.

*Season tickets can be exchange at any station along the line of route, and any difference in cost will be charged (or refunded) except for those tickets issued under a corporate scheme which will need to be exchanged at the original point of sale.  

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