This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 22/05/2017.
How the new Southern timetable will affect your train journeys to and from Croydon
If you travel with Southern Rail, your journey may be affected by new timetables which came into action yesterday (Sunday, May 21).
The train operator has advised passengers to check thoroughly before travelling because times they are used to may have changed.
Here’s all you need to know.
The main change will be that no services from London Victoria will run between 12.05am and 4.24am on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays or Sundays because this is when there are the fewest people travelling.
During these hours, passengers will be able to use their Southern tickets on Thameslink services from London Blackfriars or St Pancras International to travel between central London, East Croydon and Gatwick Airport or Brighton.
This decision was made in order to give Network Rail more time to carry out maintenance works on the Brighton line overnight, Southern has said on its website.
If you regularly go out in central London or Brighton at the weekend, the changes won’t affect you. The current night timetable is being retained on Fridays and Saturdays, when there is the highest demand for the services.
Thameslink services leaving London Blackfriars will stop additionally as follows:
The 00.05 will stop additionally at 00.40 Coulsdon South, 00.46 Merstham and 00.50 Redhill (continuing to Gatwick Airport for 00.59 and Three Bridges for 01.03).
The 00.35 will stop additionally at: 01.12 Purley; 01.17 Coulsdon South; 01.22 Merstham; 01.30 Redhill and 01.37 Horley (continuing to Gatwick Airport 01.40 and Three Bridges 01.46). On Mondays this train will depart London Blackfriars at 00.25.
A statement on the Southern Rail website reads: “The initiative will give Network Rail more time to carry out essential maintenance and improvement work overnight on the very congested Brighton Main Line, one of the UK’s busiest rail networks.
“It will also help Network Rail deliver critical elements of a £300m improvement plan that was announced by the Government in January.
“Ultimately it will help provide a more reliable and punctual train service and reduce delays for more than 300,000 commuters each day on the Southern network.”
The trains will not run until December 2017, when a new timetable will start. Any continuation of these changes from then would be subject to review and consultation.
For more information on the changes go to http://www.southernrailway.com/your-journey/plan-y…