The Anonymous Widower

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 | ,

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