Updated at 2229, 1 Sep 2016
There’ll be no increase in services at Reigate following Southern’s partial timetable restoration on Monday 5 September.
The temporary timetable was introduced in July to help address the conductor shortage issue.
As a result, Reigate lost a number of its direct services to the capital, meaning a change en route is often required.
On Monday, 119 trains on the Southern network will be reintroduced including “almost all” into London Bridge. However, Reigate and Redhill trains will continue to operate to the revised timetable, with the Southern website stating:
“Redhill: Services from/to Tonbridge and Reigate will operate between Tonbridge/Reigate and Redhill only outside of peak times”.
Charles Horton, Chief Executive of GTR (which operates the Southern routes) said of Monday’s changes:
“We know how difficult life has been for our passengers recently and we are sincerely sorry. Our aim has been to bring back as much of the timetable as quickly as we could and for several weeks we’ve had 5th September as our target to begin the reinstatement of trains. We’re pleased that we can restore a large chunk of our train timetable for our passengers on this date but we will not be satisfied until the full timetable is running, and running in a punctual way people can rely on.”
The week of 5 September is set to be a challenging one for commuters with the end of school holidays, and on top of that a conductors’ strike on Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 September.
Station staff had also been due to strike on the Wednesday, but that has now been called off.
At the time of writing, GTR says they are still finalising their plans for the strike days, but in previous strikes there have been no Southern trains from Reigate, necessitating the use of GWR services to change at Redhill or elsewhere such as Dorking. At Redhill only a limited Southern service has operated.