All change on Charlton’s trains once again – and the Night Tube’s coming in October

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There are big changes to Charlton’s train services from this weekend as rebuilding work at London Bridge moves into a new phase. The station and tracks leading into it are being remodelled so it can provide a full service to Blackfriars as well as to Charing Cross and Cannon Street.

Since December 2014, trains running to Charing Cross have run non-stop through London Bridge to enable platforms to be rebuilt. From this Monday, the situation swaps over – trains to Cannon Street will speed through London Bridge while most to Charing Cross will stop.

But this switchover means sharply reduced train services from Charlton both this weekend and next week. There’ll also be no trains through Greenwich for most of the week.

More info, if you can find it, is on the Southeastern website. As an attempt to fill in some of the shortfalls in Southeastern’s information, here’s what’s happening from Charlton…

Saturday 27 August and Sunday 28 August: Charing Cross, Waterloo East and Cannon Street will all be closed. There’ll be two trains an hour to Victoria and two trains an hour to New Cross (change at Lewisham for trains to Blackfriars or Victoria). There’ll be no trains via Greenwich – replacement buses will run.

Monday 29 August: Services start running to an all-new London Bridge station, Waterloo East and Charing Cross. But there’ll be just two trains an hour, at 17 and 47 past the hour, to Charing Cross, via Blackheath, Lewisham and London Bridge. Cannon Street and the Greenwich line remain closed – replacement buses will run to New Cross.

Tuesday 30 August, Wednesday 31 August, Thursday 1 September: Cannon Street and the Greenwich line remain closed. Trains depart from Charlton for Charing Cross at: Trains to Blackheath, Lewisham, London Bridge, Waterloo East and Charing Cross depart at: 0517, 0548, 0604, 0619, 0636, 0643, 0659, 0711, 0730, 0753, 0813, 0830, 0845, 0908, 0919, 0934, 0947, 1004, 1017, 1034, 1048. Then at 04, 18, 34 and 48 past each hour until 2200; then last trains at 2204, 2218, 2234, 2248, 2318 and 2355.
Replacement buses to London Bridge calling at Greenwich line stations run at 0500, 0530, 2300, 2330 and 0005. At other times, replacement buses run to New Cross.

Friday 2 September: Cannon Street reopens and the new rush hour timetable begins. It looks like this – most Lewisham trains will call at Blackheath, but not all.

0525 Westcombe Park, Maze Hill, Greenwich, Deptford, Cannon Street
0547 via Lewisham to London Bridge, Waterloo East and Charing Cross
0555 Westcombe Park, Maze Hill, Greenwich, Deptford, Cannon Street
0603 via Lewisham to London Bridge, Waterloo East and Charing Cross
0617 via Lewisham to London Bridge, Waterloo East and Charing Cross

0625 Westcombe Park, Maze Hill, Greenwich, Deptford, Cannon Street
0635 via Lewisham to London Bridge, Waterloo East and Charing Cross
0648 Westcombe Park, Maze Hill, Greenwich, Deptford, Cannon Street
0658 via Lewisham to London Bridge, Waterloo East and Charing Cross
0704 Westcombe Park, Maze Hill, Greenwich, Deptford, Cannon Street
0711 via Lewisham to London Bridge, Waterloo East and Charing Cross
0720 Westcombe Park, Maze Hill, Greenwich, Deptford, Cannon Street
0729 via Lewisham to London Bridge, Waterloo East and Charing Cross
0732 Westcombe Park, Maze Hill, Greenwich, Deptford, Cannon Street
0743 Westcombe Park, Maze Hill, Greenwich, Deptford, Cannon Street
0752 via Lewisham to London Bridge, Waterloo East and Charing Cross
0758 Westcombe Park, Maze Hill, Greenwich, Deptford, Cannon Street
0807 Westcombe Park, Maze Hill, Greenwich, Deptford, Cannon Street
0813 via Lewisham to London Bridge, Waterloo East and Charing Cross
0820 Westcombe Park, Maze Hill, Greenwich, Deptford, Cannon Street
0829 via Lewisham to London Bridge, Waterloo East and Charing Cross
0836 Westcombe Park, Maze Hill, Greenwich, Deptford, Cannon Street
0844 via Lewisham to London Bridge, Waterloo East and Charing Cross
0849 Westcombe Park, Maze Hill, Greenwich, Deptford, Cannon Street
0859 Westcombe Park, Maze Hill, Greenwich, Deptford, Cannon Street
0907 via Lewisham to London Bridge, Waterloo East and Charing Cross
0917 via Lewisham to London Bridge, Waterloo East and Charing Cross

0925 Westcombe Park, Maze Hill, Greenwich, Deptford, Cannon Street
0935 Westcombe Park, Maze Hill, Greenwich, Deptford, Cannon Street
0945 Westcombe Park, Maze Hill, Greenwich, Deptford, Cannon Street
0947 via Lewisham to London Bridge, Waterloo East and Charing Cross
0955 Westcombe Park, Maze Hill, Greenwich, Deptford, Cannon Street

This general pattern will last until January 2018. One catch to remember if you’re heading into central London in the late afternoon/early evening is that Charing Cross trains won’t be calling at London Bridge between 1637 and 1803 – it might be quicker to jump on a Cannon Stret train and use Bank tube or walk back over the bridge itself.

Watch out at weekends and holidays: Weekend engineering works – both at London Bridge and Abbey Wood – will continue to seriously disrupt services on Saturdays and Sundays (we’ve a special page with info so you’re not caught out), while you’d continue to be well advised to not depend on train services around bank holidays over the next 18 months or so.

What happens after January 2018? Full services are due to resume in January 2018, which will include a raft of new Thameslink services running through London Bridge to north London and beyond. One possibility that’s recently been raised is a service running from Rainham in Kent to Luton via Greenwich and Blackfriars – which would bring an airport service to Charlton. That’s not confirmed, though.

Good news – the Night Tube! What is confirmed, though, is some unalloyed good news – the Night Tube is coming to the Jubilee Line from 7 October, bringing a train every 10 minutes through North Greenwich station on Friday and Saturday nights, and connecting with half hourly all-night buses on the 472 and 486.

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Charlton & Woolwich Free Film Festival 2016 programme announced!

Charlton Woolwich Free Film Festival programmeClick the image above for a full-screen version.

The line-up for the inaugural Charlton & Woolwich Free Film Festival – a programme of film screenings across SE7 and SE18 organised and run by volunteers – has been announced. Charlton highlights include:

Shaun of the Dead at the White Swan pub: Sunday 11th September, 7.30pm.

Shaun The Sheep at Charlton Park Academy: Wednesday 14th September, 6pm.

A trio of Blow Up-themed events, taking in a location walk around Maryon Park, a screening of the film at Charlton House, and an After-Party event with era-appropriate DJ Sounds of 66 at the White Swan pub.

A Field In England, screening in Charlton House on Sunday 11th September, 2.30pm, preceded by local film collective SELect18’s short film A Car Park In Charlton.

 

All events are free to attend and will operate on a first come, first served basis. If you’d like to get involved or keep up to date with what’s going on, you can find the Charlton & Woolwich Free Film festival online at their website, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

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Charlton’s Bridon Ropes FC bid for FA Cup glory this Saturday

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Bridon Ropes (in blue) take on Kent Football United in September 2015

The FA Cup comes to Charlton this Saturday – but the action won’t be taking place at The Valley.

While the relegated Addicks begin their League One campaign at Bury, hundreds of smaller sides up and down the country will be playing in the Cup’s extra preliminary round.

Making their debut this year will be Bridon Ropes FC, who’ll be playing Canterbury City at Meridian Sports Ground on Charlton Park Lane.

If the Ropes can beat Canterbury, they’ll be 12 more wins away from the Wembley final.

Bridon Ropes FC sign

The side began life in 1935 as the works team of British Ropes, based off Anchor & Hope Lane. The ropeworks are long gone, but the team remains and now plays in the Southern Counties East League Division 1, in the 10th tier of English football.

The Ropes share Meridian Sports with fellow local side Meridian VP. It’s a tidy little ground, recently redeveloped with a small seated stand and a bar close by. I snuck in there last September to see the end of their match against Kent Football United, a late winner grabbing victory for the home team.

Admission was only £5 that day, so it’s a bargain alternative for anyone alienated by the goings-on at The Valley, where Charlton are now charging at least £20 if you buy your ticket in the two hours before kick-off.

So if you’re itching to support your local team in the Cup and can’t wait until November, head to Meridian Sports Club on Saturday.

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Talk Brexit with Greenwich & Woolwich’s MP this Saturday

Direct Matin, 6 June 2016

France didn’t want the UK to leave, but…


Four weeks ago, most people who live in the four council wards that include Charlton voted for the UK to stay in the EU. The rest of the country didn’t follow suit, and the events that followed have been felt far and wide.

But what does that mean for us here in south-east London? Greenwich & Woolwich MP Matt Pennycook is organising a public meeting this Saturday:

In the days since the EU referendum, I have been inundated with correspondence from local residents concerned about the implications of the result.

In order to give everyone who lives in the constituency a chance to discuss and debate what happens next, I have organised a public meeting.

Date: Saturday 23 July 10.30am – 1pm
Venue: Building 10, The Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, London, SE18 6FR

Numbers are limited, so make sure you RSVP here if you want to go.

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Charltemon: What to watch out for as Pokemon Go comes to SE7

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Never mind the new cabinet, Brexit or whatever our new mayor’s up to, for some people the biggest news right now will be that Pokemon Go is available to download in the UK from today. You might not ever have attempted to catch imaginary monsters to train them to fight before – I certainly never had, here’s a handy introduction – but you will likely know someone who will be very keen to hit the streets of SE7, smartphone in hand, to collect as many creatures as possible.

In brief, Pokemon Go is an ‘augmented reality’ game: using the GPS tracker in your smartphone, you need to walk to pre-defined places in the real world to find things and meet goals in the game. We downloaded the free app, took a walk, and found that Charlton has its share of monsters and other landmarks.

You might have younger kids who want to play but you’re concerned about letting them loose on their own – the NSPCC has concerns about the game being played by unaccompanied children, for example.

We thought it might be helpful if you could decide a bit more about what the game entails before you make decisions about your kids playing, so we had half an hour’s wander around the Village, Charlton Park and Charlton Church Lane, and this map (obvious spoilers there for older Pokemon trainers) shows what we found.

There are a couple of things for Charlton parents and players to be wary of: one Pokemon gym can be found at the rope sculpture on the corner of Woolwich Road and Anchor & Hope Lane, next to the busiest road crossing in Charlton.  

When I was wandering around there were a couple of Pokemon to be found on a private road near Charlton Park, and I really didn’t feel comfortable loitering near a block of flats doing something that looked like I might be taking photos with my phone so I had to let those ones go.

On the other hand, if you do decide to make a family outing out of a monster hunt, it might be useful to know that the White Swan is a Pokestop.

Have you played it? Have you found other things to be found around here that you can share with the rest of us? Is there a Pokemon Gym outside your front door? Let us know in the comments.

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Charlton Athletic fans to be charged for using club’s own ticket office

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Update: The club has removed the £2.50 charge following “fan feedback”, but the £3 surcharge for buying in the two hours before kick-off remains.

Football fans who buy their match tickets from Charlton Athletic’s ticket office at The Valley face having to pay an extra £2.50, it has emerged.

The club – run by unpopular Belgian electronics magnate Roland Duchâtelet – has slapped the extra sum onto the cost of each transaction to encourage fans to buy their tickets online instead.

Duchâtelet’s management, led by chief executive Katrien Meire, is also levying a £3 charge on each ticket bought in the two hours before kick-off.

They say supporters can escape the charges by buying in advance and printing their tickets at home, or using a smartphone. Fans can order online and have tickets posted to them for £1, while telephone orders now also cost £2.50.

But fans, who invaded the Valley pitch at the end of last season to protest at the way Duchâtelet and Meire run the Addicks, have complained that the club’s ticketing website is unreliable and does not offer a full range of ticketing options.

The charge also affects casual supporters, such as people who live close to the club who may decide at the last minute to watch a match, or opt to buy in person because it is more convenient than using online methods.

Arrangements for away matches – which are supplied by the host club and cannot be printed at home – are also unclear. The club’s ticket office implied on Twitter this afternoon that the charge would apply for away tickets, but fans could escape the charge by ordering online and then collecting from The Valley. When asked to confirm this, the club did not respond.

It has long been believed that Duchâtelet and Meire are running down the club’s ticket office to persuade fans to switch to online ticketing, saving money and creating a potentially lucrative marketing database. It is already only open to personal callers on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

The club could be in breach of consumer law if it does not offer a way of buying tickets that does not result in an additional booking fee.

Fans uncovered the fiasco today as tickets for the first away match of the club’s League One season, against Bury, went on sale. Many may now just simply bypass Charlton and buy their tickets directly from the Greater Manchester club on 6 August, the day of the match, if they are available there.

Following the club’s relegation to League One, life at The Valley had appeared to be more stable since the appointment of new manager Russell Slade, a reversal of Duchâtelet’s past policy of employing “head coaches” who he was already familiar with.

But season ticket sales are widely believed to be well down on last season as fans boycott the club. Duchâtelet and Meire’s decision to levy extra charges on individual match tickets is expected to further hit attendances at The Valley, which were already set to drop to their smallest level for two decades.

The Coalition Against Roland Duchâtelet campaign group – whose eye-catching stunts included a funeral cortege down Charlton Church Lane to The Valley – is promising more protests in the new season. It is holding a fundraising party at the White Swan in Charlton Village on 23 July, featuring the launch of a specially-brewed ale, Roland’s Ruin.

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53 to be fixed: Whitehall bus link restored from 23 July

A 53 to Lambeth North

Good news for bus passengers in Charlton, as well as Plumstead, Woolwich, Blackheath and Greenwich – route 53 will finally run to Whitehall again from 23 July.

The daytime service was suddenly cut back to Lambeth North in January 2015 because of major roadworks on Westminster Bridge and, later, at Elephant & Castle.

Now Transport for London has confirmed the full service will be finally restored, 18 months after the original change was made.

The cutback was the subject of a petition from the Charlton Society in May 2015.

A motion was later passed by Greenwich Council on the subject, although it removed credit to the amenity group and inserted criticism of former mayor Boris Johnson.

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