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New Southeastern timetable from December

8th October 2022

Southeastern is bringing in a new timetable in December in response to a large fall in commuting since the pandemic.

The operator said it would also be scrapping first class on its services between London, Kent and East Sussex.

Under the new timetable, the company said most trains would leave stations at about the same time each hour, with extra services at peak times.

The changes come into effect on Sunday 11 December.

Scott Brightwell, Operations and Safety Director for Southeastern, said: "Our customers tell us reliability and punctuality are their highest priorities. So, we've simplified routes to remove bottlenecks which will see more trains running on time, fewer cancellations, and a more reliable service.

"The simpler structure of the timetable means we can more add more trains into the timetable as demand changes."

Removing first class will also free up 60 seats a day on a 12-car train.

When asked by the BBC if the new timetable would mean cuts to services, a spokesman said it would "have a very similar number of train services to today but will be structured to better match space on trains with demand and therefore be more efficient."