CrossRail delayed to 2022 Jul 18, 2021 15:19:06 GMT via mobile
Post by greenboy on Jul 18, 2021 15:19:06 GMT
Regarding the Charing Cross - Maidstone West via Woolwich service, I suppose it depends on whether Maidstone users prefer regular SE high speed trains to St Pancras or regular trains to Charing Cross as there may be time and price differences between the two.
I think it was intended for Maidstone West to be served by both High Speed and Charing Cross via Woolwich trains, Maidstone commuters want the town to have a wider range of services with better connections to other destinations, including better connections to TfL services in South east London.
The Maidstone West option came about primarily because of lack of space at Gravesend, with both Sidcup and Bexleyheath line trains terminating there.
I’m not sure if the Maidstone West service would be semi fast (or call at the old Gillingham semi fasts stops at Lewisham, Blackheath, Charlton, Woolwich A, Abbey W, Dartford, Greenhithe then Gravesend) or would call at all stations along the Woolwich line (fast from London Bridge to Lewisham of course) and run semi fast after Dartford, Stone, Swanscombe and Northfleet just about justify a 4tph let alone 6tph.
Either way it’ll be good to have Maidstone services on the Woolwich line again
I think Maidstone West would be better served by Crossrail eventually ........ The high speed services are peak hour only at the moment and there was some doubt about their viability.