Thameslink: Evening and weekend service resumes on Saturday 19th May

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Tommy2000
Thameslink: Evening and weekend service resumes on Saturday 19th May

http://www.thameslinkprogramme.co.uk/cms/pages/view/71

After three and a half years of disruption, the Thameslink route is back to normal from this Saturday. The full timetable is here: http://www.firstcapitalconnect.co.uk/static/timetables/timetable/FC1205_TL_BOOK.pdf (page 106 onwards).

Points worth noting:

Monday-Saturday

* The last train from Blackfriars to Herne Hill will be at 23:46, 90 minutes later than the current last train.

* Trains run from Blackfriars every 15 minutes until 21:16 and then every 30 minutes until 23:46.

* Going north, trains run every 15 minutes until 21:57 and then every 30 minutes until 23:27. The 21:57 and all later trains run all stops to Bedford; earlier trains alternate between St. Albans and Luton.

* The first northbound train on Saturday is at 06:01. 

Sunday

* Trains run from Blackfriars every 15 minutes until 20:45. The last train to Herne Hill is at 21:15.

* Northbound trains run every 15 minutes until 21:57, with a final train at 22:27.

* Every second northbound train during the day and the last two northbound trains (21:57 and 22:27) terminate at Blackfriars, but passengers can change on to trains from London Bridge to travel further north.

* The first northbound train is at 10:14.

This timetable won't be fully implemented until Sunday 27 May (weekend evening services will run every 30 minutes instead of every 15 until then), but all of the last train times are valid from Saturday. And finally:

Overnight

Trains will run between Bedford and Three Bridges (calling at Luton and Gatwick airports) throughout the night. The only stations in central London served by these trains will be St. Pancras and Blackfriars, so anyone in Herne Hill will need to get to Blackfriars to use them. The N68 calls at Lancaster Place near Temple, less than 10 minutes walk away.

London Bridge will not have any overnight trains until its rebuilding is complete in 2018, so don't go there if you have a horribly early flight at either airport.

mikeelam
Re: Thameslink: Evening and weekend service resumes on Saturday

At last! Late Friday night trains home from Farringdon!

Good news indeed. 

rob48
Re: Thameslink: Evening and weekend service resumes on Saturday

This is temporary while work is suspended on the Thameslink Programme over the Olympic period so enjoy it while you can.

Tommy2000
Re: Thameslink: Evening and weekend service resumes on Saturday

I'm not sure about that Rob. The timetable runs through to December, three months after the end of the Olympic period in September. FCC has introduced timetable changes in September when needed before (the usual months for changes being May and December); I doubt they'd give up those three months if there was still work to be done.

I'm also fairly sure that the Programme's Key Output 1 (all of the signalling and station work on the route through central London) will be completed within weeks. The next stage - focused on the rebuilding of London Bridge - won't seriously affect Herne Hill or the central London route beyond all of the Brighton trains running fast from Blackfriars to East Croydon via HH.

The only work left to be done on the cross-London route before 2018 is connecting St. Pancras to the East Coast Main Line through the new Canal Tunnels, which wouldn't require closing Thameslink for more than a long weekend.

tonight_we_fly
Re: Thameslink: Evening and weekend service resumes on Saturday

After all of the press releases citing 19 May as the date that First Capital Connect finally start running at the weekend, I was looking forward to being able to get the train home from somewhere north of Victoria on Sunday. My train returns to Euston shortly after 9pm, so I planned to walk along to St Pancras and then catch the train home to Herne Hill.

However, the timetable says that the very last train of the entire night from St Pancras to Herne Hill will depart at 9:05pm. Surely that can't possibly be right? That's absolutely dire! We all know why First Capital Connect are so unpopular (and their reputation is highly deserved), but surely even they couldn't be this dismal?

Come on now, the joke's over. First Capital Connect had us all for a minute there; but could they tell us the real train times now please?

Tommy2000
Re: Thameslink: Evening and weekend service resumes on Saturday

I'm afraid that last time is accurate.

The problem is that FCC don't operate a full driver rota on Sundays and they have no staff or train depots south of Blackfriars, so the last southbound loop train has to leave central London early enough to allow it to return north and allow the driver to clock off relatively early. The last northbound train at 22:27 is the southbound 21:15 on its way to the depot after doing the loop.

tonight_we_fly
Re: Thameslink: Evening and weekend service resumes on Saturday

[quote="Tommy2000"]

I'm afraid that last time is accurate.

The problem is that FCC don't operate a full driver rota on Sundays and they have no staff or train depots south of Blackfriars, so the last southbound loop train has to leave central London early enough to allow it to return north and allow the driver to clock off relatively early. The last northbound train at 22:27 is the southbound 21:15 on its way to the depot after doing the loop.

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Ah well. Thanks for the info Tommy, appreciate the reponse.

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