Southeastern will run longer trains on key routes serving Kent and East Sussex from Monday 29 March, supporting passengers’ journeys as the country comes out of lockdown and the economy begins to re-open.
Although Government guidance remains that people should keep journeys to a minimum and stay local, the changes being made will ensure that longer trains run on key routes both at peak and off-peak times, with further changes being made to train formations in May when the next national timetable change takes place.
The main changes being made mean:
- All off-peak trains on the London Charing Cross -Hastings line will be formed of eight carriages
- All off-peak trains on the London Charing Cross-Tonbridge-Ramsgate line will be formed of eight carriages
- All off peak trains on the London Victoria-Medway Towns-Ramsgate trains will be formed of eight carriages
- All peak time Mainline trains will be formed of at least eight carriages
Scott Brightwell, Train Services Director for Southeastern, said:
“Now that the country is beginning to open up again we’re making sure that as demand changes, the number of carriages available for service changes with it. While Government guidance continues to ask people to keep journeys to a minimum and stay local for leisure, retail and hospitality, we’ll continue to monitor levels of demand and adjust train lengths accordingly.”