Weekend trains from Charlton disrupted through to Easter – get full details

A weekend train at Charlton: There'll be fewer of these over the next few months

Tried to catch a train at the weekend lately? Not easy, is it?

Services through Charlton are currently being badly affected by two huge engineering projects – the Thameslink Programme at London Bridge, and Crossrail at Abbey Wood. These are huge projects which will bring big benefits to us all.

But what’s not helping matters is a dire lack of information from private rail operator Southeastern, which this weekend was caught publishing inaccurate performance figures. It expects train users to study the small print on generic engineering works posters rather than putting any worthwhile effort into publicity or announcements.

There are no normal weekend services planned from Charlton between now and Easter, and alternative routes keep changing. The Greenwich line has been closed most weekends for a few weeks now, but services via Lewisham will soon face a temporary chop instead.

In particular, Southeastern appears to have decided that passengers on the Woolwich line can be fobbed off with trains that only run to New Cross – often just running two trains per hour there.

Because we’re nice people, we thought we’d step into the breach. Here’s a quick roundup of what train services are going where from Charlton each weekend until Easter.

Everything’s taken from the brilliant Realtime Trains, checking timetables at Charlton and Lewisham. It’s subject to change, particularly further into the future. Please check your own journeys if you’re taking an important trip, particularly early in the morning or in the late evening.

PS. There is now a petition to strip Southeastern of its franchise. There’s also growing pressure for TfL to take over south London’s rail routes – see this report from Centre for London, backed by Greenwich and other south London councils.

PPS. Greenwich councillor Aidan Smith is part of a panel quizzing Southeastern and other transport providers on their services next month. Got a question? Let him know.

Saturday 23 January (Charlton Athletic v Blackburn, 3pm)
4 trains per hour between Cannon Street and Plumstead via Greenwich
Trains to Cannon Street at 05, 25, 35, and 55 past each hour.
No trains via Lewisham from Charlton
Also no Jubilee Line Stanmore-Waterloo

Sunday 24 January
2 trains per hour between Charing Cross and Plumstead via Lewisham
Trains to Charing Cross at 04 and 34 past each hour.
No trains via Greenwich
Also no Jubilee Line Stanmore-Waterloo

Saturday 30 January
4 trains per hour between Cannon Street and Plumstead via Greenwich
Trains to Cannon Street at 05, 25, 35, and 55 past each hour.
No trains via Lewisham from Charlton

Sunday 31 January
4 trains per hour between Cannon Street and Plumstead via Greenwich
Trains to Cannon Street at 14, 29, 44, and 59 past each hour.
No trains via Lewisham from Charlton

Saturday 6 February (Charlton Athletic v Bristol City, 3pm)
4 trains per hour between Cannon Street and Plumstead via Greenwich
Trains to Cannon Street at 05, 25, 35, and 55 past each hour.
No trains via Lewisham from Charlton

Sunday 7 February
No trains at all – buses run between Lewisham and Dartford

Saturday 13 February (Charlton Athletic v Cardiff City, 3pm)
4 trains per hour between Cannon Street and Plumstead via Greenwich
Trains to Cannon Street at 05, 25, 35, and 55 past each hour.
No trains via Lewisham from Charlton

Sunday 14 February
2 trains per hour between Charing Cross and Plumstead via Lewisham
Trains to Charing Cross at 04 and 34 past each hour.
No trains via Greenwich

Saturday 20 February
4 trains per hour between Cannon Street and Plumstead via Greenwich
Trains to Cannon Street at 05, 25, 35, and 55 past each hour.
No trains via Lewisham from Charlton

Sunday 21 February
4 trains per hour between Cannon Street and Plumstead via Greenwich
Trains to Cannon Street at 14, 29, 44, and 59 past each hour.
No trains via Lewisham from Charlton

Saturday 27 February (Charlton Athletic v Reading, 3pm)
4 trains per hour between Cannon Street and Plumstead via Greenwich
Trains to Cannon Street at 05, 25, 35, and 55 past each hour.
No trains via Lewisham from Charlton

Sunday 28 February
2 trains per hour between Cannon Street and Slade Green via Greenwich
Trains to Cannon Street at 15 and 45 past each hour.
No trains via Lewisham from Charlton

Saturday 5 March
4 trains per hour between Cannon Street and Plumstead via Greenwich
Trains to Cannon Street at 05, 25, 35, and 55 past each hour.
No trains via Lewisham from Charlton

Sunday 6 March
No trains at all – buses run between Lewisham and Dartford

Saturday 12 March (Charlton Athletic v Middlesbrough, 3pm)
Special services running – Charing Cross and Cannon Street closed
2 trains per hour Victoria to Gravesend, 2 trains per hour New Cross to Dartford
Trains to Victoria at 20 and 50 past each hour.
Trains to New Cross at 05 and 35 past each hour (change at Lewisham for Blackfriars)
All trains call at Blackheath and Lewisham
No trains via Greenwich

Sunday 13 March
2 trains per hour New Cross to Plumstead
Trains to New Cross at 04 and 34 past each hour.
Change at Lewisham for Blackfriars and Victoria trains.
No trains via Greenwich

Saturday 19 March
Special services running – Charing Cross and Cannon Street closed
2 trains per hour Victoria to Gravesend, 2 trains per hour New Cross to Dartford
Trains to Victoria at 21 and 51 past each hour.
Trains to New Cross at 05 and 35 past each hour (change at Lewisham for Victoria)
All trains call at Blackheath and Lewisham
No trains via Greenwich

Sunday 20 March
2 trains per hour New Cross to Plumstead
Trains to New Cross at 04 and 34 past each hour.
Change at Lewisham for Blackfriars and Victoria trains.
No trains via Greenwich

Good Friday 25 March
4 trains per hour from New Cross to Plumstead
Trains to New Cross at 08, 23, 38 and 53 past each hour.
Change at Lewisham for Victoria and Charing Cross
No trains via Greenwich

Easter Saturday 26 March
4 trains per hour from New Cross to Plumstead
Trains to New Cross at 08, 23, 38 and 53 past each hour.
Change at Lewisham for Victoria and Charing Cross
No trains via Greenwich

Easter Sunday 27 March
2 trains per hour New Cross to Plumstead
Trains to New Cross at 04 and 34 past each hour.
Change at Lewisham for Charing Cross.
No trains via Greenwich

Easter Monday 28 March
4 trains per hour between Cannon Street and Plumstead via Greenwich
Trains to Cannon Street at 05, 25, 35, and 55 past each hour.
No trains via Lewisham from Charlton

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7 Responses to Weekend trains from Charlton disrupted through to Easter – get full details

  1. Philip says:

    Thank you, very much, for this important post. I was wondering what was going on this past weekend as I’d expected that the engineering works were to have ended after the Christmas period; but, they have clearly not done so. This will help navigate a problem not well communicated elsewhere.

  2. Darryl says:

    They’re not going to end for another couple of years at least – lots of work to be done at both London Bridge and Abbey Wood. It’s important stuff, but Southeastern are incapable of communicating any of this properly.

  3. Chris says:

    And of course, at the end of it, the top of the Greenwich Line is still minus a direct service to Charing Cross. This is an improvement in Southeastern’s novel way of thinking.
    Oh, and many thanks for the diary.

  4. Southeastern can be slated for poor communications but they have nothing at all to do with the decision to sever links between Greenwich & Charing Cross. It’s all way above their level, coming from Network Rail and the DfT.

  5. EM says:

    Could you mention that petition on 853 so more people see it? Thanks..

  6. Tom says:

    Southeastern are appalling in so many ways. Can I suggest that those distributing links to this petition use the hashtag #sacksoutheastern – let’s give this thing some momentum!

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