Good and bad news on Blackheath train services

The Department for Transport has finally published the results of the Southeastern rail franchise consultation and the good news is that the Bexleyheath Line will retain services to both Charing Cross and Cannon Street.

The bad news is the direct Victoria service will operate only on the Hayes line, requiring Bexleyheath line users to change at Lewisham, but the Victoria service will be increased to four services an hour all day.

The changes are proposed to start from 2022 and are subject to a successful future public consultation on detailed timetable proposals. More good news is a proposal to increase the frequency to Charing Cross and the capacity to Cannon Street by running more 10 and 12 car trains.

More bad news is that the North Kent Line service via Blackheath to Charing Cross will be redirected to Cannon Street. This line will gain some Thameslink services.

In the public consultation this summer, 89% of 10,500 respondents opposed reducing the choice of London termini, most of them along the Bexleyheath Line.

We will try and investigate improvements in signalling at Lewisham that can increase capacity without reducing the choice of London destinations. You can read further details about the choices for London termini on pages 35 and 36 of this document: www.gov.uk/government/consultations/future-of-south-eastern-rail-services.