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10 Dec 2019

Southeastern confirms timetable changes for December 2019 – and advises passengers: check before you travel

Southeastern confirms timetable changes for December 2019 – and advises passengers: check before you travel: CIS 1

  • Shorter journeys and better connections on many Highspeed and Mainline services
  • More boarding time at some stations to accommodate passenger growth
  • Changes to rolling stock and train lengths to improve accessibility and make best use of capacity available

Shorter journey times on some Highspeed and Mainline services, with better connections at a number of key stations as well as changes to train lengths to make the best use of available capacity are among the highlights of Southeastern’s next timetable change.

The new times will come into place from Sunday 15 December, so Southeastern is asking passengers to check before they travel.

Reduced journey times on a number of Highspeed services will save time for many passengers, as first announced in our timetable consultation earlier in the year, with passengers from Margate, Ramsgate and Canterbury West set to benefit most.

We’ll also be bringing forward the changes we proposed to reduce Mainline journey times by building on the reductions we made in May 2019.

Southeastern has also listened to the views of passengers from the timetable consultation who said that they wanted to see improved connections wherever feasible. Changes being made this December will make connections between many services quicker and more efficient at a number of key stations, including from Ramsgate to London St Pancras and London Victoria, connections at Grove Park to and from the Bromley North branch and connections at Swanley for passengers from Shoreham and Eynsford.

In addition:

  • A growth in passenger numbers at some London stations means that we need to increase journey times to allow more time for our passengers to safely board trains at peak times – meaning that the service is more reliable and subject to fewer delays as a result. The increase will be no more than one minute Monday – Friday, and no more than two minutes on Sundays. These stations are: Brixton, West Dulwich, Sydenham Hill and Peckham Rye.
  • Changes to train lengths will better allocate our train fleet to the busiest services, alleviating overcrowding with extra carriages. To enable us to do this we will be shortening trains on services where capacity is less needed, or where its current capacity is only fully used for a short part of its journey.
  • More modern, longer trains will be used on the Sittingbourne-Sheerness branch line, spreading the benefits of newer trains across our network.
  • As part of Southeastern’s commitment to supporting passengers with reduced mobility, all train services will comply with the Department for Transport's accessibility requirements from January 1 2020.

David Statham, Southeastern’s Managing Director said:

"We’re always wanting to do more for our passengers, with the revision of and improvements to our timetable being an ongoing process. We’ve listened to the feedback of our stakeholders and passengers, whose views are invaluable to us in helping ensure we’re making changes which will deliver the greatest benefit to our passengers.

"We’re building on the success of May’s timetable change by delivering further improvements for passengers and achieving the most benefits to the greatest number of people. Where possible, we’ve shortened some journeys and re-allocated trains to ensure better spread across our network – but we’ve had to make some journeys slightly longer in the London area to ensure everyone can use the railway as safely as possible.

“As always, our message to passengers ahead of the new timetable is check before you travel, as your train times may change.”

Contact information

Southeastern Press Office

0330 095 9091

Notes to editors

For further information contact Southeastern Press Office:

t: 0330 095 9091


About Southeastern:

Southeastern runs train services into London from Kent and East Sussex, operating over 2000 trains a day, carrying more than 640,000 passengers a day, serving 176 stations and covering 540-miles of railway infrastructure.

Southeastern is owned by Govia, a joint venture between the Go-Ahead Group (65 per cent) and Keolis (35 per cent). Govia is the most enduring partnership between transport operators delivering rail franchises in this country.

It is the UK’s busiest rail operator, responsible for 28.7 per cent of UK passenger rail journeys through its four rail companies, Southern, Southeastern, Govia Thameslink Railway and London Midland. Further information on Govia is available at: Go-Ahead Group plc is one of the UK's leading providers of passenger transport services operating in the bus, rail and aviation services sectors.

Keolis is a French-based operator of transport services in 13 countries worldwide and is owned by SNCF, AXA Private Equity, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, and Keolis management.


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