Thameslink have announced they will restore more services in coming weeks September after a disastrous timetable launch in May.
Shortly after, trains on the Woolwich line were cut back to one an hour during off-peak times. This meant a 20% drop in services for stations such as Greenwich.
Whilst welcome, the forthcoming changes do little to improve things on the line. On 10th September new counter-peak services will run – the 07:46 Luton to Gillingham. Not much use as against the commuter flow in south east London.
In addition an afternoon counter peak will operate, the 16:00 Gillingham (Kent) to Luton. Not sure why neither are going to Rainham.
Unfortunately this does little to improve the off-peak service on the line, which has had six trains an hour off-peak for many years until May this year.
It also lessens through trains from Medway to Dartford, Abbey Wood, Woolwich and Greenwich. In the evenings this can be a real pain as only one runs per hour.
One get-out-of-jail card for Govia and Thameslink is that there is no longer pressure to ensure two an hour are running by December to connect with Crossrail at Abbey Wood.
Other services will be introduced on other Thameslink lines including:
Monday 17 September 2018
06:41 Three Bridges to St Albans City
08:22 St Albans City to Sutton
09:49 Sutton to St Albans City
17:35 London St Pancras International to Gatwick Airport
Monday 24 September 2018
06:57 Cambridge to London Kings Cross
08:36 London King’s Cross to Welwyn Garden City
1702 Welwyn Garden City to London King’s Cross
1751 London King’s Cross to Cambridge
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