Changes to the timetable of the southern railway come into effect

COMMUTERS could face disruptions to their regular commute after a series of timetable changes.

Branch and Sunday services have been reduced on some southern routes, but some lines will see more trains running at peak times.

A spokesman for Southern said the company has a “difficult balance” in prioritizing services to carry as many passengers as possible.

He said: “As with all our roadmaps, we are prioritizing our available resources to support as many customers as possible – to ensure essential services such as those for schools and rural communities with limited alternatives to public transport and to meet demand for commuting and leisure.” , and then support the greatest possible service during off-peak hours and weekends.

He said customer numbers have plateaued at about 70 percent of pre-pandemic levels, with trends suggesting people will continue to work from home more regularly going forward.

“The railway must adapt to lower ridership and the impact of reduced commuting on industry finances, while encouraging passengers to return when they are ready,” the spokesman said.

The changes include an additional hourly service between Brighton and Lewes during weekday peak periods, an additional hourly service on weekdays between Brighton and Hove and additional weekday services between Uckfield and London Bridge.

Services between Brighton and Hastings now also stop at London Road Station during off-peak hours to improve connectivity in the greater Brighton area.

Chris Fowler, Southern’s Customer Services Director, said, “We’re excited to be able to offer more services overall.

“While most changes are minor, it is important that customers check their route for new times before travelling.

“We will continue to monitor travel patterns and customer feedback, and work with local stakeholders as we always do when timetables are introduced so we can add more services in the future, when and where they are needed.”

Despite the increased number of services on some routes, commuters face travel chaos later this month as 40,000 rail workers across the country prepare to leave amid an ongoing dispute over pay.

https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20900819.changes-southern-rail-timetables-come-force/?ref=rss Changes to the timetable of the southern railway come into effect

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