Greenwich line rail users could suffer Olympic cuts
Rail commuters on Southeastern’s Greenwich line may have to endure steep cuts to services during next summer’s Olympics, according to draft timetables put out to consultation by train operator Southeastern.
Passengers at Deptford and Westcombe Park stations could see weekday services cut to two trains per hour under the proposals, while Woolwich Dockyard faces being closed altogether during the Games.
Maze Hill station is likely to see trains stop only in one direction during most of the day, while there is due to be a cut in the number of trains serving Charlton – even though it is being advertised as the nearest mainline station for events taking place at the Dome.
On the Bexleyheath line, Kidbrooke station is set to see services drop to four trains each hour, instead of six.
The service cuts, planned by Southeastern and the Olympic Delivery Authority, were revealed to local rail user groups at a meeting at Thursday evening.
Southeastern is currently consulting on the timetables, but the consultation – which closes on 6 May – is involving user groups and local authorities rather than the general public.
|normal service||Olympics service|
|Deptford||6 trains/hour||2 trains/hour|
|Maze Hill||6 trains/hour||not known||no Kent-bound trains 06.13-12.13
no London-bound trains 12.15-21.45
|Westcombe Park||6 trains/hour||2 trains/hour|
|Charlton||8 trains/hour||not known||No Charing X services via Lewisham|
|Woolwich Dockyard||6 trains/hour||Station closed|
|Kidbrooke||6 trains/hour||4 trains/hour||No trains to Dartford|
Four stations – Greenwich, Charlton, Woolwich Arsenal and Blackheath – will be used as access points to Olympics venues, and services to those stations have not been revealed. Spectators will be directed to Cannon Street or Victoria stations to pick up trains to their destinations. The cuts to neighbouring stations are to allow trains to spend longer at Olympics stops dropping off and picking up passengers.
The service cuts are only likely to take place on weekdays. Saturdays will see a full service with additional trains, while Sundays will see a Saturday-level service provided with trains running from Cannon Street.
Southeastern says it will be operating at peak capacity during the Games, which begin on 27 July and continue to 12 August 2012. Olympics bosses are hoping Londoners will take time off or adopt different working patterns during the Games, which fall in some of the quietest weeks of the year for commuting.
No service cuts are planned for the Paralympics, although extra trains may run during the event, which will take place after the Olympics.