Greenwich Line

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Greenwich Line
Bricklayers Arms & New Cross, Midhurst RJD 91.jpg
A 1908 Railway Clearing House map of lines around the approaches to London Bridge, including the western end of the Greenwich Line.
Type Commuter rail, Suburban rail
System National Rail
Status Operational
Locale Greater London
Termini London Cannon Street
London Charing Cross
Stations 4
Opening 8 February 1836
Owner Network Rail
Operator(s) Southeastern
Depot(s) Slade Green
Grove Park
Rolling stock British Rail Class 376
British Rail Class 465
British Rail Class 466
Line length 3.08 miles (4.95 km)
No. of tracks 2
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification 750 DC third rail
Operating speed 60 mph (96.5 km/h)
Greenwich Line
South Eastern Main Line
to Charing Cross or Blackfriars
South Eastern Main Line
to Cannon Street
1m 69ch London Bridge London Underground London River Services
Spa Road
South London Line
to West Croydon and Beckenham Junction
Southwark Park
Brighton Main Line
via New Cross Gate to Surrey & Sussex
East London Line
to Clapham Junction, to Highbury & Islington
to Bricklayers' Arms
East London Line
to New Cross, Crystal Palace & West Croydon,
to Highbury & Islington
4m 25ch North Kent East Junction
South Eastern Main Line
via New Cross to Kent
4m 76ch Deptford
Docklands Light Railway
to Lewisham
Deptford Creek
5m 36ch Greenwich Docklands Light Railway
Greenwich Park(1888-1917)
Docklands Light Railway
to Bank via Canary Wharf
Greenwich College Tunnel 450 yds
6m 27ch Maze Hill
6m 76ch Westcombe Park
Angerstein Wharf aggregates
North Kent Line
to South Eastern Main Line via Lewisham
7m 44ch Charlton
North Kent Line
to Dartford via Woolwich Arsenal

The Greenwich Line is a short railway line in South London that follows part of the route of the London and Greenwich Railway, which was the first railway line in London.

The line diverges from the South Eastern Main Line at North Kent East junction[1] and runs as far as Charlton junction[2] where it connects with the North Kent Line.



The line was electrified with the other SECR local routes to Dartford on 6 June 1926 by Southern Railway.

On the 12 January 2015, services that stop on the Greenwich Line are generally unable to serve London Charing Cross. This is due to the Thameslink Programme that will form a barrier between Greenwich Line and the London Charing Cross Lines at London Bridge.[3] London Cannon Street is planned to be open at all times from December 2014 for services from this line and New Cross.[4] A single track fly-under is being built on the viaduct between Deptford and London Bridge but it's unlikely to be used for frequent services to Charing Cross.

Service patterns[edit]

Passenger services on the line are operated by Southeastern using Class 376, 465 & 466 trains.

The current service pattern (as of January 2015) is as follows:

Off-peak & Saturday:



  1. ^ Quail Map 5 - England South [page 3] Sept 2002 (Retrieved 2011-12-17)
  2. ^ Network Rail (August 2001). Southern Zone Route Sectional Appendix. Module SA. p. 1/123 SO290. SO/SA/001A. 
  3. ^ "First major changes for passengers as London Bridge redevelopment gathers pace". 2013-05-16. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Southeastern consults on changes to timetable in December 2014". 2013-12-17. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 

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