Southeastern are reintroducing some services on the Greenwich and Bexleyheath lines after heavy cuts begun on Monday.
The line through Greenwich saw a reduction from six trains operating from Thameslink and Southeastern per hour in the peak to just two, and such levels meant that even with reduced passenger numbers using rail, trains were busy.
Services on the Bexleyheath line to Cannon Street are also back from next Monday after being withdrawn.
Covid sickness was given for the steep reductions from Monday.
There are however also concerns that the Treasury’s desire steep cuts to rail budgets is also leading to some overzealous reductions.
Such low frequencies in busy urban areas will inevitably turn passengers away, and this week was a good first hand experience. Greenwich station was busy as people waited for one of just two trains per hour, and on one day I left as the wait was simply too long.
Yet buses were packed and so were roads. Cutting trains so heavily is bound to have a knock-on effect on congested roads – and with pollution warnings in force today with people told not to exercise, we see a stark example of what severe cuts will do, even when covid fades.
From Monday Southeastern peak time trains go up from two to four per hour – the minimum of a turn up and go level of service.