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A better, more reliable and sustainable railway

Southeastern is committed to a better, more reliable and sustainable railway and your feedback is vital in shaping that. Based on what you’ve told us, our summer timetable (from 21 May) operates 29 additional trains every weekday, Monday to Friday, and 34 additional trains on Saturdays compared to December 2022.

In addition, on every weekday 25 of our trains now have more carriages than before, providing extra capacity on some of our busiest services. Our services now operate without first class so that every seat is available for every customer.

We want your journeys with us to be on new, newer or refurbished trains and so on weekends, we've provided more services on our newest Class 707 ‘City Beam’ trains than before.

Alternative routes from London Bridge 

You can now get alternative route information so you can plan your journey when the station is closed, or when it is still open but Southeastern services are significantly disrupted.

More from May

Bexleyheath Line
On the Bexleyheath Line, every weekday and on Saturdays we will offer an hourly direct off-peak service to Charing Cross. This means over 300 direct services will run weekly on that route.

Sidcup Line
On the Sidcup Line we've introduced additional peak services on weekdays:

  • 07.03 Crayford to Charing Cross via Sidcup – this should mean the 06:40 Strood to Charing Cross is less crowded
  • 17.43 Charing Cross to Dartford via Sidcup providing more capacity at the busiest time of day
  • 05.24 / 05.54 / 06.24 / 06.54 Dartford to Charing Cross will start from Crayford

We’re doing everything possible to give you the train service you expect and deserve we’ll continue to monitor demand and listen to your feedback as we do so.

Previous changes

Since February we’ve also made the following changes to our timetable

Since 13 February:

  • An additional service now runs at 0733 from Crayford to Charing Cross
  • The 0709 Strood to Charing Cross now runs non-stop between New Eltham and London Bridge
  • What was the 0854 service Tonbridge to Cannon Street now departs at 0905 and runs to Charing Cross – reducing crowding on earlier trains (like the 0740 Ramsgate to Charing Cross), making it possible to travel on this service with an off-peak ticket
  • Two trains will start slightly earlier than originally timetabled (with the same arrival time in Tunbridge Wells), to help our network run with fewer delays through key junctions:
    • What was the 0547 Hastings to Charing Cross now starts at 0543
    • What was the 0624 Ore to Cannon Street now starts at 0621

Since 30 January:

  • Two additional services have been put in place: the 17.36 and 18.05 from Cannon St to Orpington.
London Cannon Street  17.36  18.05 
London Bridge  17.40   18.10
Hither Green  17.50  18.20
Grove Park  17.54  18.24
Elmstead Woods  17.58  18.27
Chislehurst  18.01  18.29
Petts Wood  18.04  18.33
Orpington  18.09  18.40

More space on our trains

From 13th February:

These services will consist of longer trains so they have more space for customers:

  • The 0624 from Ore to London Cannon Street
  • The 0715 from Margate to London St Pancras
  • The 1829 from London Charing Cross to Ramsgate

To avoid delays and move capacity to where it’s most needed, these trains will no longer shorten/lengthen at Ashford/Tunbridge Wells and will be made up of 12 carriages for their entire journey:

  • 1510 Ramsgate to Charing Cross
  • 1659 Charing Cross to Ramsgate
  • 1729 Charing Cross to Ramsgate

Other Improvements

Together, and having heard your feedback, Southeastern and Network Rail are taking action to make sure your service is the standard you rightly expect of it. We’ve got more work to do and we’ll keep you up-to-date on further changes and we’ll keep listening. In addition to the changes above we are:

  • Reducing the number of temporary speed restrictions on the network. We have already reduced the number from 35 to 18 and are targeting the rest to reduce delays even further.
  • Ensuring trains arrive and depart from our stations in the most efficient way possible.
  • Introducing thermal-imaging technology on some of our Metro and Mainline train fleet to identify infrastructure faults early so we can fix them before they cause delays and cancellations.

Next Steps

We’ll keep on listening to customers’ valuable feedback and monitor the implementation of our timetable. As things change, we’ll update this page with relevant information. Below, you will find detailed information about changes to the timetable on each of our routes and answers to other questions you may have.

What's happening on my route?

Removal of First Class

FAQs about your line route

Lewisham station

Woolwich line

Hayes line

Bromley South line

Maidstone East line

Medway Valley line

High Speed via Ashford line

High Speed via Gravesend line

Sidcup line

Bexleyheath line

Sole Street line

Hastings line

Sheerness line

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