Blackheath/Lewisham rail signalling upgrade causes service disruption

Regular commuters will have noticed the new signaling box on the London bound platform at Blackheath. Signalling work in the area of Blackheath/Lewisham has been going on for a  while and will continue for some time, causing frequent temporary disruption to services.

Updating of signalling and control is underway out of Charing Cross and Cannon Street, through London Bridge and on down various lines.

It is complete as far as Maze Hill, New Cross/New Cross Gate, Denmark Hill, Crofton Park and Beckenham but still ongoing through St John’s to Lewisham and down the Hayes line. It involves transferring all signal control from London Bridge to Three Bridges (down near Gatwick). Inevitably, it will continue to cause short-term unreliability and disruption to services.

Andrew Jones, Rail Minister stated ‘ More than £130 million of upgrade work will take place between now and Easter 2020. This Easter, £55 million will be invested in the Lewisham, Woolwich and Charlton area. In Easter 2020, £81 million will be invested in the Hither Green area. All of that will upgrade the signalling to provide a more robust service.’             

The Blackheath Society prepares a Blackheath Ward character study

This document was prepared by Blackheath Society committee member Nick Patton in response to Lewisham Council’s 2018 Characterisation Study, being developed as an input to Lewisham’s next Local Plan. It is produced by The Blackheath Society in relation to the LBL Blackheath Ward (which abuts the RBG Greenwich West, Blackheath & Westcombe and Middle Park & Sutcliffe Wards). These wards all include areas close to Blackheath, say within a mile of Blackheath Station, that the Society seeks to protect, conserve and enhance.

You can download a copy of the document here  and also associated images here and here 




The Village: smart benches dropped

The proposal to install smart benches in Blackheath Village has been dropped after the Society sent the results of its consultation with our members to Lewisham Council.

We would like to thank everyone who responded to the summer consultation, and few issues have provoked such lively views.

Roughly 30 people responded, some at considerable length, with 18 quite strongly opposed to the benches, eight in favour and four willing to trial one.

Everyone agreed that ultra-modern design should not be in a prominent place in the centre of the Village and there were difficulties in considering a suitable location. We published the consultation in the autumn Newsletter, with a selection of the opinions expressed.

A copy was sent to Lewisham’s Martin O’Brien with the final results. We are grateful to Lewisham for consulting us on this issue as there was no formal requirement to do so.