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
TypeCommuter rail, Suburban rail
SystemNational Rail
LocaleGreater London
TerminiLondon Cannon Street
Opened8 February 1836
OwnerNetwork Rail
Depot(s)Slade Green
Grove Park
Three Bridges
Rolling stockBritish Rail Class 376
British Rail Class 465
British Rail Class 466
British Rail Class 700 Desiro City
Line length3.08 miles (4.95 km)
Number of tracks2
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Electrification750 V DC third rail
Operating speed60 mph (96.5 km/h)
Route map


to Charing Cross or Blackfriars
South Eastern main line
to Cannon Street
London Bridge London Underground London River Services
Spa Road
South London line
to West Croydon and Beckenham Junction
Southwark Park
Brighton main line
to Surrey & Sussex via New Cross Gate
East London Line
to Highbury & Islington
East London Line
to Clapham Junction
or New Cross
East London Line
to New Cross, Crystal Palace & West Croydon
Surrey Canal Junction
North Kent East Junction
South Eastern main line
to Kent via New Cross
Docklands Light Railway
to Lewisham
Greenwich Docklands Light Railway
Greenwich Park
Docklands Light Railway
to Bank via Canary Wharf
Greenwich College Tunnel
450 yd
411 m
Maze Hill
Westcombe Park
Blackwall Tunnel
Southern Approach
Angerstein Wharf aggregates
North Kent Line
to South Eastern main line via Lewisham
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.

From 12 January 2015, services using the Greenwich line were no longer able to serve London Charing Cross. This is due to the Thameslink Programme work, which removed the flat crossing at Spa Road Junction, located between London Bridge and Deptford. As a consequence of this, trains serving the Greenwich line are no longer able to reach the line running into Charing Cross.[3] To compensate for the loss of this, London Cannon Street was given revised service times, with it being open seven days a week and until the end of service.[4]

Service patterns[edit]

Passenger services on the line are operated by Southeastern using Class 376, 465 & 466 trains and Thameslink using Class 700.

The current service pattern (as of May 2018) 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.