Additional Services In Our Reduced Train Timetable Next Week

13th May 2020
Paul Brooks

Southeastern is currently operating a reduced timetable to ensure that vital train services for essential workers can keep running throughout a prolonged coronavirus outbreak.

Increase in peak-time services from Monday
From Monday 18 May the reduced timetable will have some additional peak services and some trains will be retimed. This timetable will run until further notice and is available in online journey planners now and on our dedicated coronavirus webpage

While we’re not back to running our full timetable just yet, we are providing as much capacity as possible to help passengers follow the latest government guidance on social distancing.

There will be some additional morning and evening peak services on the following lines:

  • Highspeed via Faversham and Ashford
  • Hastings and services via the Medway Towns and Tonbridge
  • Maidstone East
  • Bromley South to Victoria via Herne Hill
  • Woolwich, Sidcup and Hayes

Some trains will be re-timed
All the services in our current reduced service timetable will remain the same except for a few small changes:

  • Passengers for some early morning High Speed services from East Kent may need to change at Ashford
  • Revised evening peak service between Faversham and Margate
  • Off-peak services between Tonbridge and Hastings have been retimed to improve connections

Please follow the government advice, and only travel by train if you really have to.

Passengers should check their journey in advance using online journey planners. You can also visit our dedicated Coroanvirus travel webpage.

Safety and hygiene is our top priority

To help tackle the spread of coronavirus, we’re doing more to ensure our trains and stations are clean. We’re:

  • Increasing our focus on cleaning high-touch areas in trains and at stations using anti-viral cleaning products
  • Ensuring toilets are well stocked with soap and water
  • Fully disinfecting all our trains every 7 days with a product that has a 10-day life, with a focus on frequent touch points like door control buttons

Social distancing will continue on trains
As government has said, social distancing means there will be space for as few as 1 in 10 of the usual number of passengers on the railway. The safety of the public and our employees remains our top priority and people should help protect everyone on the railway by only using trains if they have no alternative. Those who can work from home should continue to do so. Please help us keep the railway free for those who need it most.

How you can help us

  • Only take public transport if you have no other option, help us keep the railway free for those who need it most. Consider cycling or walking for your journey if possible
  • Plan ahead – avoid peak travel, check before you travel, buy tickets online on mobile or on smartcard
  • Consider others – please wear a face covering, respect our staff, be considerate to those less able
  • Stay safe – maintain social distancing where possible, use hand sanitiser and wash hands frequently, pay contactless where possible
  • If you need to travel – buy your ticket online by signing up for The Key smartcard before you travel or use contactless, leave plenty of time for your journey, travel off-peak if you can and follow public health advice while travelling.

About us

Southeastern Railway has been running the train service between London, Kent and parts of East Sussex since 2006. We operate one of the busiest and most complex networks in the country, including the UK’s only domestic high speed service. We run over 2,000 services every weekday, helping our passengers to complete over 600,000 individual journeys.

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