Greenwich Park Branch Line

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Nunhead to Lewisham Line
Overview
Type Commuter rail, Suburban rail
System National Rail
Status Operational
Locale Greater London
Termini London Victoria
London Blackfriars (rarely)
Dartford
Operation
Owner Network Rail
Operator(s) Southeastern
Depot(s) Slade Green
Grove Park
Rolling stock British Rail Class 465
British Rail Class 466
Technical
Number of tracks 2
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification 750 DC third rail

The Nunhead to Lewisham Line (Greenwich Park Branch) in south-east London was built by London, Chatham and Dover Railway (LCDR) from Nunhead.

The line is referred to 'Nunhead to Lewisham' line according to Southeastern officials at Meet the manager sessions, not the Greenwich Park Branch anymore.[citation needed]

LCDR line[edit]

It ran from a junction at Nunhead in a generally north-east direction to a terminus on the Greenwich High Road, close to the north-west corner of Greenwich Park, approximately 3 miles (4.8 km). The original plan was for the branch to terminate at Woolwich Dockyard. A short tunnel took the branch under the A2 at Blackheath Hill. The entrance to Brockley Lane station in still visible at Brockley Cross.

There were four stations:

All closed on 1 January 1917, and the branch beyond Lewisham Road was abandoned on 1 January 1926 by the Southern Railway.

Nunhead to Lewisham link[edit]

The Southern Railway absorbed the LCDR and South Eastern Railway (SER) and sought to link the two networks to enable cross-London freight. The branch as far as Lewisham Road station was reopened on 7 July 1929, with a new connection to the SER lines at Lewisham. The branch was electrified in September 1935,[1] allowing passenger trains from Dartford to access Victoria from 30 September 1935 (see Bexleyheath Line).

This line since December 2014, has acted as a diversion route for trains routed to London Bridge for any engineering works in the New Cross area. Trains divert to other london terminals (stations) using this line.

Current services[edit]

Services (rail services operating on the line) are provided by Southeastern:

From 12th January 2015: The 2tph Victoria to Dartford Southeastern service will run 7 days a week from 7am til end of service ( From Dartford 23:08 and from London Victoria 00:09) The line is used for trains to divert to London Victoria when there is engineering work at London Bridge.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Electric Railways". Stendec Systems. 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-25.