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Page updated 21 Aug 2017

MAJOR CHANGES TO TRAIN SERVICES will continue until January 2018,

In particular there will be MAJOR CLOSURES between August 26 and September 4 2017 inclusive.  There will be no Waterloo and Charing Cross services all week and no Cannon St services on August 26 and 27.  Services that do run during the week will probably be on a different timetable to usual so CHECK BEFORE YOU TRAVEL

There will also be Major Distruption at Christmas/New Year 2017 so watch out for details in the autumn.

Our advice continues to be:

Check before you travel especially at weekends.  Additional engineering works will lead to further disruption.  We have had difficulty keeping up with the engineering works so are only updating our engineering works page occasionally.  Please also check the Southeastern website.

(For more details on the affect of the Thameslink Programme see the Thameslink Programme News and the Southeastern website).

We also suggest you look at the Greenwich Line Users Group website.

The layout of London Bridge station is still changing, the most recent situation can be viewed here.

Please let us know if you find any errors on this page or have any points you think could helpfully be added via environment@westcombesociety.org (or comment at the end of our recent rail post here).

January 2018:

London Bridge will reopen and both Cannon Street and Charing Cross services will call at London Bridge so Greenwich Line users will be able to change onto Charing Cross services or the underground at London Bridge.

May 2018:

Thames link programme is complete and the full Thameslink service will be up and runing at London Bridge.  This will include twice hourly service on the Greenwich Line to London Bridge, Blackfriars and beyond.

Meanwhile alternatives you might consider include:

  • Use alternative stations from the start of your journey e.g. Charlton, Blackheath, Lewisham or use the DLR to connect to Lewisham
  • Look at the options available at the London end of your journey – for example, walking from your final station, cycling or catching a bus. It is often quicker to walk between stations than many people think.  The distance from Cannon St to Bank underground station at street level is very short.
  • If you are unable to complete your journey by interchanging on National Rail services outside of London, you can use your ticket at specific London Underground stations and on specific bus routes. If you are travelling to Charing Cross or Waterloo East you should travel to Cannon Street where your ticket will be accepted on London Underground and eligible bus services. (see below)
  • If you are an Oyster PAYG passenger and want to connect to the underground from the Greenwich area then you may wish to consider using the DLR rather than National Rail to connect to the underground system.  This route may be slightly slower but it is usually cheaper than using National Rail and underground services. (However please note that this route is not covered by the ticket acceptance arrangements detailed below).

Details of official ticket acceptance on London Underground and bus services whilst Greenwich Line passengers cannot access Charing Cross services from London Bridge.

If you are unable to complete your journey by interchanging on National Rail services outside of London, TfL has agreed to accept tickets at specific London Underground stations and on specific bus routes without you being charged.


Ticket acceptance rules are also changing so it is best to check the current arrangements onSouth Eastern’s Alternative Routes page


The Westcombe Society have also become aware that with changes to timetables and fares in 2015 there are the following positive changes:

  • There are now direct trains from Blackheath to Charing Cross in the evening peak
  • Oyster PAYG is now only charged at peak rates before 9.30am when travelling into London which makes travelling in in the evening peak cheaper than before.
  • Oyster PAYG capping is now a single cap whatever time of day you travel and prices have been reduced.