The new rail timetable begins on 21 May, but some details are still unclear for Reigate travellers, including whether two early morning GWR services will run.
Under the new timetable – a product of the Thameslink upgrade – Reigate commuters travelling to and from London Bridge will now have to change at Redhill. Reigate will however gain a more regular direct service to and from Victoria.
Local rail users can’t yet finalise their plans under the new schedule: a Govia Thameslink spokesperson said yesterday that “Network Rail still have some batches of services to be uploaded” on to the National Rail website.
And Reigate commuters are also wondering about two early morning GWR services, the 0534 and 0624, that some of them take to Redhill to pick up London trains: the two services have disappeared from the new schedule.
But it looks as though there could be good news on those: on Friday a GWR spokesperson said the company had no plans to reduce or amend the trains, adding:
“We have bid for these timetabled paths from Network Rail, and await confirmation that they will be able to agree them – expected soon.”
The Reigate, Redhill and District Rail Users’ Association have been looking at alternatives in case the two GWR trains don’t reappear. RRDRUA’s Antony Simm said:
“RRDRUA have been in regular talks with Southern on the May timetable and through these meetings we have flagged the removed GWR services in the early morning between Reigate and Redhill.
Southern have said they will investigate if they can plug the gap these missing services create, if GWR don’t timetable them.”
The major change for Reigate commuters under the new timetable that begins on 21 May – the removal of direct services to London Bridge – is down to the fact that Thameslink trains can’t use Reigate because of its short platforms: any extension work is some years off.
However, there will be an improved Reigate to London Victoria service – running roughly every half hour on weekdays, taking 46-48 minutes.
London Bridge services will be available by changing at Redhill: total journey time from Reigate in the peak will be 47-56 minutes. These Thameslink trains will also travel on to London Blackfriars and north through London.
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