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Timetable changes from 12 December

From 12 December, we're adding more trains to our timetables, including evenings and Off-Peak, to support passengers across south-east London, Kent and East Sussex.

To encourage more people back to our environmentally-friendly trains, Southeastern is making a number of improvements:

  • The re-instatement of off-peak Highspeed trains between Ramsgate and Dover, with better connections timed between Highspeed trains and Mainline trains. 
  • The re-introduction of trains leaving Charing Cross after midnight to south-east London and west Kent, making weeknights out in London’s West End easier and more convenient.
  • A new Saturday late-night service departing Hastings at 23:30 for Tonbridge – allowing people in East Sussex and West Kent to make the most of the town’s nightlife and boosting the evening economy.
  • From Monday February 21 2022, Southeastern will introduce new Off-Peak services on weekdays between Maidstone East and Blackfriars, all of which will call at West Malling, Borough Green & Wrotham, Otford, Swanley, Bromley South and Elephant & Castle.

You can easily check how busy your train might be with our SeatFinder tools, and catch the train that works best for you.

We may need to make some changes to the timetables, therefore we recommend you check your journey details before travelling by pressing the online journey planner button.

Online journey planner

How busy is my train?

Our SeatFinder timetables allow you to check in advance how busy your train might be, allowing you to plan ahead and travel with confidence.
Using train loading data from the previous four weeks, you can quickly see which services are likely to be busy on your route, and which are a bit quieter.

SeatFinder timetables provide information for individual weekday services and includes most, but not all, of our trains. If there is no seat availability shown for your journey, it means information isn’t available for that train yet. We are working hard to bring you more information as soon as we can. 

southeastern timetable high-speed trainkey for the SeatFinder timetables; green means plenty of space, red means usually standing room only

London to Ramsgate via Deal (weekdays)

  • Off peak London St Pancras International to Dover Priory services are extended to Ramsgate, calling Martin Mill, Walmer, Deal and Sandwich
    • The 08:37 and hourly until 13:37 St Pancras to Dover Priory services are extended to Ramsgate via Deal
    • The 09:49 and hourly until 14:49 Dover-St Pancras services will start back from Ramsgate, via Deal
  • London Charing Cross to Ramsgate via Deal trains will start and terminate at Dover during off-peak times, as this route will now be served by High Speed services
    • The 07:39 and hourly until 12:40 Charing Cross-Ramsgate trains will terminate at Dover.
    • The 09:25 and hourly until 14:25 Ramsgate-Charing Cross will start from Dover.
  • The 19:02 Ashford-Charing Cross train will start back from Ramsgate at 17:52 and run via Deal and Dover.
  • Most mainline trains between Charing Cross and Ramsgate (via Deal) will wait longer at Dover in order to give a better connection to and from High Speed services at times when direct High Speed services do not operate.

Canterbury West

  • On Friday evenings, the 23:25 London Victoria-Ashford International is extended to Canterbury West, calling at Wye, Chilham and Chartham. This offers a connection at Ashford from the 23:40 from Charing Cross and the 00:12 from St Pancras.


  • The 2355 London St Pancras International-Faversham is reinstated on weekdays. There is a connection at Faversham for all stations to Ramsgate.
  • The 21:25 St Pancras-Faversham is extended to Ramsgate calling at Whitstable, Herne Bay, Birchington on Sea, Margate and Broadstairs. This service is now formed of 12 carriages.
  • The 22:25 St Pancras-Faversham will be 12 carriages.
  • On Saturdays, the 10:55 and 11:55 Margate-St Pancras trains will be 12 carriages.
  • On Saturdays, the 10:12 St Pancras-Margate will be 12 carriages.

Hastings line (weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays)

To improve punctuality and reduce the number of trains that occupy Hastings station at any one time, Southeastern services will now generally use only platform 4 and the fast and slow services are switched around the clockface:

  • The xx:15 (xx:55 on Sundays) London Charing Cross-Hastings trains will now become the semi-fast service.
  • The xx:45 (xx:25 on Sundays) Charing Cross to Hastings trains will now become the all-stations service.
  • The 00:32 Hastings to London Charing Cross services will now start at 00:30.
  • The 00:50 Hastings to Charing Cross services will now start at 00:48.

Southern have also changed the timings of some of their trains through Hastings, and services from the Eastbourne direction that run through to Ore or Ashford will generally use platform 3 instead of crossing to platform 2.

  • On Saturday evenings there will be a new 23:35 Hastings-Tonbridge train (calling at all stations), supporting the local economy, and allowing people who have been at the theatre, a music venue or on a night out in Hastings to can return without having to leave before the event has finished. This has been introduced at the request of Hastings Borough Council.

In addition, on weekdays:

  • The 07:50 Hastings-Charing Cross will call additionally at Orpington (departing at 09:08).
  • The 19:51 Tunbridge Wells-Charing Cross and the 21:00 Charing Cross-Tunbridge Wells are both reinstated. 

Maidstone East line (weekdays)

The following additional services will operate:

  • The 08:42, 11:42 and 14:42 from London Blackfriars - Maidstone East.
  • The 09:55, 12:32 and 15:55 Maidstone East - London Blackfriars.

All services will call at Elephant & Castle, Bromley South, Swanley, Otford, Borough Green & Wrotham and West Malling, and at the same stations in the opposite direction.

These services will operate on weekdays and commence on Monday 21 February 2022.

Chatham Mainline

To improve the spread of trains in the late evening from London Victoria the following changes have been made:

  • The 23:40 Victoria - Ramsgate will call additionally at Longfield, Meopham, Newington and Teynham. This service is also retimed later from Faversham to Ramsgate and now connects out of  the 2355 St Pancras - Faversham.
  • The 23:42 Victoria - Gillingham will start at 00:10 and will no longer call at Denmark Hill. This spreads the late evening departures from Victoria to Medway to half hourly intervals.

Metro area

Platform 1 at London Bridge will re-open:

  • Morning peak services to Cannon Street will now use platforms 2 and 3 (and lines 2 and 3).
  • Evening peak services from Cannon Street will now use platforms 1 and 2 (and lines 1 and 2).
  • Off-peak trains to Cannon Street will use platforms 2 and 3, and trains heading out of London will use services platform 1.

An additional 05:24 Hither Green-Cannon St service will operate calling at Lewisham, St Johns, New Cross & London Bridge, arriving at Cannon St at 05:44.

  • The 08:54 Cannon St ‘rounder’ (via Greenwich and Bexleyheath) is reinstated, departing Barnehurst at 09:48.
  • The 14:39 Slade Green-Cannon Street via Greenwich will no longer operate.

Reintroduction of post-midnight trains from London Charing Cross (weekdays)

Services over midnight on weekdays will be reintroduced across the Metro area, including:

  • The 23:11 and 23:41 Dartford - London Charing Cross (via Woolwich Arsenal)
  • The 00:12 and 0042 Charing Cross - Dartford (via Woolwich Arsenal)
  • The 23:25 Dartford - Charing Cross (via Bexleyheath)
  • The 00:26 Charing Cross - Dartford (via Bexleyheath)
  • The 23:18 Gravesend - Charing Cross (via Sidcup and Lewisham)
  • The 00:20 Charing Cross - Gravesend (via Lewisham and Sidcup)
  • The 23:35 Sevenoaks - Charing Cross
  • The 00:04 and 00:50 Charing Cross - Orpington (via Lewisham and Grove Park)
  • The 00:36 Grove Park - Bromley North is reinstated
  • The 23:30 Hayes - Charing Cross
  • The 00:07 Charing Cross - Hayes (via Lewisham)
  • The 23:09 Tunbridge Wells - Charing Cross, calling at High Brooms, Tonbridge, Hildenborough, Sevenoaks, Orpington, London Bridge and Waterloo East.
  • The 00:15 Charing Cross - Tunbridge Wells, calling at Waterloo East, London Bridge, Orpington, Chelsfield, Dunton Green, Sevenoaks, Hildenborough, Tonbridge and High Brooms.

On Monday and Tuesday evenings, regular Network Rail engineering work takes place between Charing Cross and London Bridge, which means that all trains after 23:30 are diverted to or from Cannon Street:

  • The 05:05 Cannon Street - Dartford (via Greenwich) will now start from London Bridge. Because of regular overnight engineering work on a Thursday and Friday morning this service will run non-stop between London Bridge and Charlton.
  • The 23:46 Cannon Street - Orpington will no longer run, and is replaced by a new 00:04 Charing Cross - Orpington train.
  • The 23:15 Hayes - Cannon Street service will now terminate at Lewisham. The 23:30 Hayes - Charing Cross service is re-instated, and also calls at London Bridge and Waterloo East#.
  • The 22:02 Cannon Street ‘rounder’ (via Greenwich and Sidcup) is now diverted to Dartford. 

Longer trains

  • The 06:22 Faversham - London Charing Cross via Deal and Tonbridge will be lengthened to 12 carriages from Ashford (departing Ashford at 08:32 and arriving into Charing Cross at 09:52). This service also runs earlier between Dover and Ashford.
  • The 06:42 London Cannon Street-Ramsgate will now split at Ashford and run later between Ashford and Dover.
  • The 08:17 Hastings-Charing Cross (arriving at 10:04) will be lengthened to 12 carriages from Tunbridge Wells. This train runs earlier between West St Leonards and Tunbridge Wells and will attach at Tunbridge Wells.
  • The 06:16 Ore-Charing Cross will be lengthened to 12 carriages.
  • The 05:30 Ramsgate-Cannon Street (via the Medway Towns) will be lengthened to 11 carriages.
  • The 07:15 Ashford-Cannon Street (via Headcorn) will be lengthened to 12 carriages.
  • The 07:45 Hayes-Cannon Street will be lengthened to 10 carriages.
  • The 16:56 Cannon Street-Hayes will be lengthened to 10 carriages.
  • The 17:41 Cannon Street-Dover (via the Medway Towns) will be lengthened to 12 carriages.
  • The 18:11 Cannon Street-Margate (via the Medway Towns) will be lengthened to 11 carriages.