This week’s rail and tube strikes – what’s running from Charlton

Charlton station
There won’t be so many of these this week

This week’s rail and Tube strikes will wreak havoc with travel around London. The official advice is to not travel, but if you need to go, here are your options…

Trains from Charlton – strikes on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, restricted morning services on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
The only trains from Charlton station will run at 12 and 42 past the hour, stopping at Greenwich, Deptford and London Bridge only. First train at 0742, last at 1742. Charing Cross, Cannon Street, Waterloo East, Westcombe Park and Maze Hill stations will be closed. There will also be no Thameslink services through central London.

Coming back, trains will run half-hourly from London Bridge to Charlton from 0804 to 1804. Similar half-hourly services are running on other lines, so you could travel to Lewisham or Blackheath and make your way back from there. (The last train of all is an Orpington service stopping at Lewisham, which leaves at 1806.)

Heading towards Kent, trains for Dartford will leave Charlton every half an hour from 0819 to 1749, calling at all stations except Woolwich Dockyard, which will be closed. There is a further train at 1816, which also won’t call at Belvedere or Slade Green. There will be no trains into Kent from Dartford.

Morning services will also be distrupted on non-strike days, with no trains expected before 0730 – check before travelling.

Full timetables are on the Southeastern website.

Check: National Rail Enquiries, RealTimeTrains, Southeastern strike info

Tube from North Greenwich – strikes on Tuesday
No service expected from North Greenwich – or a very limited one at best. Jubilee Line should be fine on other days but extremely busy. Be warned: there is a Queen show at the O2 on Tuesday evening.

Elizabeth Line from Woolwich – strikes on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Elizabeth Line trains from Woolwich and Abbey Wood will operate at a reduced frequency as they are affected by the National Rail strike – check before travelling and be prepared to queue. Trains will run from 07001800.
Check: National Rail Enquiries, RealTimeTrains

Docklands Light Railway from Woolwich Arsenal and Lewisham – no strike
Services will be running, but will be extremely busy. Stations shared with the Tube system (eg Bank, Stratford) may be closed on Tuesday.

London Overground from New Cross/New Cross Gate – strikes on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Affected by National Rail strike. About half of all services expected to run from 0700 to 1800 only.

Thames Clippers from Greenwich, North Greenwich and Woolwich – no strikes
Normal service, but boats will be busy. Queen show at the O2 on tube strike Tuesday will swell crowds in the evening. Services run from Barking Riverside now so Woolwich passengers won’t have first dibs on seats.
Check: Thames Clippers Twitter

Buses – no strikes
They are accepting paper National Rail tickets, if you still have one of those.

Bikes – no strikes
– The Woolwich Road cycleway to Cutty Sark Gardens (be aware a small part west of there is closed), then using Cycleway 10 (the old Quietway 1) from Deptford to Waterloo may be an option if you are on two wheels.
– Alternatively, you could carry on along the Thames Cycle Path to Rotherhithe station, then turn left onto Brunel Road, which connects with Cycleway 4 to London Bridge

Things may change, so for the fuller picture, check tfl.gov.uk or nationalrail.co.uk. Good luck!


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Charlton Athletic shirt on offer at Royal Oak charity quiz night

Royal Oak pub in Charlton Lane
Quiz nights are returning to the Royal Oak

The Royal Oak on Charlton Lane is staging another charity pub quiz this Tuesday, to raise money for the Maryon Park Community Garden. Quizmaster PAUL BREEN – who is also vice-chair of the garden – would like to invite you along…

The garden relies entirely on donations and volunteers. To help with fundraising Charlton Athletic have donated a signed first-team shirt from the 2021/2022 season which will be raffled on the night.

Maryon Park Community Garden has been in existence since 2012 when locals took advantage of a Capital Growth grant to rejuvenate an overgrown area of the park. As a taster, here’s a question: Which infamous politician was instrumental in giving out these grants? (Clue: many people might now like said politician to go on gardening leave.)

Unfortunately the answers to this question are only available to those who turn up on the quiz night. Hopefully then the community garden will get the benefit of a decent crowd on the night and be able to continue their good work in the local area.

The quiz starts at 7.30pm and should last about two hours. Food is also available in The Royal Oak beforehand.

Updated to get the day right – it’s on Tuesday!


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Pocket Living breaks ground on its flats at The Heights

Five people in hi-viz, we only know who three of them are
New Greenwich Council leader Anthony Okereke, centre, with regeneration cabinet member Aidan Smith, left, Jo van den Broek in the digger and Pocket executives

The developer Pocket Living has broken ground on its new blocks at The Heights, where 48 new flats are now being built on part of an old council car park.

New Greenwich Council leader Anthony Okereke helped launch the development alongside newly-elected Charlton Village councillor Jo van den Broek and Aidan Smith, the new cabinet member for regeneration.

Pocket, which has funding from City Hall, plans to sell them all the flats for 80 per cent of market value to people earning under £71,000 within the borough of Greenwich – meaning they tick the official definition of “affordable”, if not the dictionary definition. The company says it has 650 people who live or work in the borough who are interested in buying, and has previously said that a typical buyer would be earning about £40,000.

When Greenwich Council first revealed its plans to sell land on its housing estates to Pocket in 2018, it caused an outcry within the local Labour party, with a quarter of the party’s councillors at the time attending a protest meeting at Charlton House.

The Heights development
The blocks will sit opposite existing houses on The Heights

However, while plans to build houses on estates on Lewisham Road and Kidbrooke Park Road were scrapped, the plans for The Heights stayed in place and were passed at a planning meeting early last year. The only objector to speak was Van den Broek’s predecessor as Labour councillor, Gary Parker.

Okereke said: “Our borough is growing fast and we need homes that suit everyone, so schemes like these will be important as we tackle the housing crisis. We know demand is high for homes in Greenwich and we’re doing everything we can to deliver housing for all, and projects like this will help first time buyers get on the ladder and keep local people living, working and enjoying our fantastic borough.”

Nick Cuffe, the chief operating officer of Pocket Living, said: “Our latest research, which polled over 1,000 Londoners aged between 25 and 45 years old, found that the biggest obstacle to non-home owners is ‘house prices being too high’ at 51 per cent, while 30 per cent claim they can’t afford a mortgage and 27 per cent are struggling to raise a deposit.

“As the cost of living continues to rise it is vital that we deliver innovative housing solutions to unlock homeownership for the next generation. As such, we are proud to be delivering new homes in Greenwich and working with a council who shares our ambitions to get more Londoners on the housing ladder.”

The development is scheduled for completion at the end of next year. It is Pocket’s first in the borough of Greenwich and follows two schemes in the borough of Lewisham; at Marischal Road, off Lee High Road, and at Arklow Road in New Cross.


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