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From Victoria To Bromley South

I took this sequence of pictures to show the route of trains from Victoria down the Chatham Main Line to the first important station of Bromley South.

The route goes past or through these stations.

The Brixton Tunnel proposed by the Centre for London report called Turning South London Orange, would start in the Battersea area and emerge before West Dulwich station.

This journey illustrates one of the benefits of the Brixton Tunnel.

Fast trains from Victoria to Bromley South and on to Kent down the Chatham Main Line, would have their own private express tunnel to keep them clear of all the lines through Battersea, Wandsworth, Clapham, Brixton and Herne Hill.

Note.

  • Kent services will probably be a few minutes faster.
  • There will be capacity for more trains between Victoria and Kent.
  • Thameslink and other services that cross the Chatham Main Line will not have to wait for the fast trains to go through.
  • There would appear to be plenty of space for a tunnel portal at Battersea on railway land.
  • After West Dulwich station, the trains will run as now.

It will also have major positive affects on the lines across South London.

June 8, 2016 Posted by | Transport | , , , , | Leave a comment

Swanley Station

Swanley station is where the two Eastern branches of the proposed South London Outer Orbital, join together.

This Google Map shows the station.

Swanley Station

Swanley Station

Note how the lines divide at the East of the station.

Under the South London Orbital proposals, both branches would get two trains per hour (tph)

This would make services from Swanley towards London at least.

  • 3 tph to Victoria via Bromley South
  • 4 tph to Working across South London via Bromley South, West Croydon and Sutton.
  • 2 tph to Thameslink via Catford.

These are pictures I took of the station as I passed through.

Note that the pictures were taken on two days.

If Swanley station has one problem, it is that it doesn’t have a direct rail connection to Ebbsfleet International station. You have to change at Rochester.

This Google Map shows the area.

Swanley Station To Ebbsfleet International Station

Swanley Station To Ebbsfleet International Station

Swanley station is in the South-West cornet of the map and Ebbsfleet is in the North-East.

I think a direct connection will be more important than most people think.

In ten or twenty years or so.

  • Crossrail will have been extended to Gravesend and will call at Ebbsfleet International.
  • More and more people will be travelling to Europe by train.
  • Saint Pancras International will be full to capacity.
  • Some Continental trains will terminate at Ebbsfleet International and/or Stratford International.

A direct link along the M25 would tie everything together.

 

June 8, 2016 Posted by | Transport | , | 1 Comment

Maidstone East Station

Maidstone East station is one of the two Eastern terminal stations on a proposed South London Outer Orbital 

These are pictures I took of the station as I passed through.

This Google Map shows the station layout.

Maidstone East Station

Maidstone East Station

It’s certainly a station, with a lot of land wasted for car parking.

Unlike the new Rochester station, which I wrote about in Rochester’s New Station, it is still very much as it has been for years. However development is promised.

At least the station is well connected according to Services in Wikipedia.

Under the South London Orbital plans, it would get two trains per hour (tph) to Swanley, Bromley South and across to Woking to go with the current 2 tph services to Victoria and Thameslink in the Peak.

So the South London Orbital would give at least 4 tph or a turn-up-and-go service to Swanley and Bromley South.

I think that whatever happens at Maidstone East station, in ten years time, the station will have been transformed in terms of buildings, facilities and train services.

I have just run Google Maps over the route between Maidstone East and the next major station towards London; Swanley. Although only two tracks with eight stations in between, it looks the sort of line, where some speed improvement would be possible.

June 8, 2016 Posted by | Transport | , | 1 Comment