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Bonkers Blog September 2016

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23 September - Both as bad as each other

Is it or isn’t it? Abbey Wood station open on Sunday that is.

Crossrail CrossrailAbbey Wood station is well provided with information about how the station might look by the time Crossrail services commence in 2018.

What is not so easy to discover is what it might look like in a few days time.

The staff are always helpful, I’ve been using the station since a Four Zone Travel Card was £4·70 and never come across one not keen to please, and they will tell you everything you need to know about when trains will run and when they won’t. Their notices about line closures have probably been a great help to passengers but this afternoon they all disappeared. I had no sooner taken a picture of one (Photo 1) than it disappeared and on enquiry I was referred to the official Crossrail poster.

I went and took a look. Southeastern says there will be no trains tomorrow, September 24th only, and Crossrail says there won’t be any on Sunday either.

When I got home I checked the ‘Crossrail September 2016 update’ which Network Rail sent out at the end of August. It doesn’t mention any line closures, Network Rail call them possessions, at all. They have in previous months but for September, nothing!

It might seem funny if you have no intention of travelling but some nearby businesses, the taxi office and the pub in particular, have to plan their weekends around train travel. It’s the second time this month that Southeastern and Crossrail have got their wires crossed.


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