Massive timetable changes have come into force on the Uckfield Line.
Rail passengers have been warned there may be problems as the new times bed-in.
It is one of the most radical changes ever seen on the network and involves the whole of the Govia Thameslink Railway which comprises Southern Railway, Gatwick Express, Thameslink and Great Northern.
The changes kicked in yesterday (May 20) but the big tests will be this week’s morning and peak times.
This morning’s (May 21) 0531hrs – the second train of the day – was cancelled from Uckfield and Buxted.
Charles Horton, GTR Chief Executive, said: “We are introducing the biggest ever change to a rail timetables to significantly boost capacity on the UK’s most congested network.
“Due to the sheer scale of the changes, we will have to redeploy a large number of trains and crews and services may not run at normal times during the introductory phase, although the impact on peak time services during the transition will be minimal.
“Introduction of the new timetables is a major milestone in the delivery of RailPlan 20/20, our programme to modernise rail services, taking advantage of the new infrastructure and trains provided by the Government’s £7bn Thameslink Programme.”
As part of the decade-long upgrade project, London Bridge has undergone a £1bn rebuild.
Here is the UckfieldNews.com story published last month which details the changes to the Uckfield Line.
It is all change on the Uckfield Line from Sunday, May 20, as virtually all services will have new departure times in a changed timetable.
The massive shake-up is across the whole Southern network and allows for the expansion of the Thameslink services through London.
Monday to Friday timetable
Buxted departures are four minutes later.
The first train of the day will depart Uckfield at 0510hrs arriving at London Bridge at 0623hrs.
Next train is the 0531hrs, arriving at London Bridge at 0653hrs.
Departures continue at 0633, 0703, 0733, 0803, 0833, 0933 and 1003 – this service terminates at East Croydon at 1106hrs.
Services from 1033 are then at XX33 past the hour until 1733hrs.
The next train is 1803 with the half hourly service continuing until 1933. The last three trains of the day are at 2033, 2133 and 2233.
Trains from London Bridge
One big change with departures from London Bridge in the afternoons is that there will no longer be what people term the “Oxted shuttles”, made up of the 1538 and 1638hrs services from London to Uckfield, which then go back and forth to Oxted, covering the intermediate stations which many other services at this time do not stop at.
All services will now halt at all stations between Crowborough and Edenbridge Town.
Commuter trains depart London Bridge at 1607hrs arriving in Uckfield at 1722, 1637 (1752), 1707 (1822), 1737 (1852), 1807 (1922), 1907 (2022) and then XX07 until 2307.
Arrivals at Buxted are four minutes before Uckfield.
Uckfield Line evening services will be fast to East Croydon and then fast to Oxted. At present services from the 2004 stop at a number of other stations on their way to Oxted.
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