London Tonight on Southeastern’s Olympic service cuts
Good to see a story first broken on this website make it onto the tellybox – on Friday, ITV’s London Tonight featured Southeastern’s plans to cut rail services during the Olympics.
Some more updates since my last post: The Westcombe Society has published its critical response to Southeastern’s “consultation”, while I understand Greenwich & Woolwich MP Nick Raynsford has also objected. Greenwich and Lewisham’s London Assembly member Len Duvall has tabled a question to Boris Johnson about the issue. His reply will be interesting – while he has few powers over Southeastern, will he actually be an advocate for south-east Londoners and criticise the proposals?
Finally – here’s the actual proposed timetable for the Greenwich, Bexleyheath and Sidcup lines during the Olympics (3.3MB PDF), which I didn’t have until now. It’s not very easy to follow, but it does illustrate how poor the service will be at Deptford and Westcombe Park. One strange thing I noticed is that many of the extra trains in the timetable don’t call at London Bridge or Waterloo East – instead running fast from Charing Cross or Cannon Street. That’s not really very helpful for visitors changing from other rail or Tube services. It really doesn’t look like this timetable was designed with passengers in mind at all.