The annual Train Timetable change is upon us, from 13th December, Timetables change
Timetables have been written in response to current passenger numbers and various infrastructure projects on the network, including a major rebuilding of the station at Gatwick Airport.
For the Wealden area the headlines are;-
East Grinstead Line earlier start-up (0536 from East Grinstead into London) plus the reinstatement of some of the “Thameslink” peak time services to Blackfriars, Farringdon and the City also improving connectivity with Eurostar at St Pancars International.
The Uckfield Line sees the reinstatement of the 0703 to London Bridge and 1737 from London Bridge which were withdrawn in the summer, the core timetable is unchanged.
Services from London via Lewes are REDUCED to once per hour in the off-peak middle of the day.
Newhaven Harbour station will not be served in the daytime.
Christmas Engineering work;-
Christmas Eve 24th December train services close down early, the last train from Uckfield is the 20:33 (8:33pm) service which is curtailed at East Croydon instead of going into London, the last train from London to Crowborough, Buxted and Uckfield is the 21:07 from London Bridge.
For the East Grinstead line the last train from London Victoria is 20:50 and the last northbound departure is 20:36.
Christmas day and boxing day there is NO service on our routes, on Boxing day there will be a very limited service to and from Gatwick Airport from London Victoria and some inner London suburban services.
Sunday 27th onwards things go back to near normal in Wealden however there are major engineering works on the London to Brighton line meaning service revisions and diversions to services from Lewes and Haywards Heath into and out of London which will have a consequential affect on Brighton trains.
The advice remains to check before you travel, www.nationalrail.co.uk
In other improvements Govia Thameslink Railway the operator of “Southern” announced this week that new “e-ticketing” barcode readers are being installed at Lewes and Eastbourne stations to allow paperless ticketing.
GTR also report that 57% of their passengers feel “Fairly Safe” when travelling by train from Coronavirus in a recent survey.