December seems an important month this year- on the 15th the government's decision on HS2 is announced (which may determine what job I end up doing), on the 25th we have Christmas and on 11th the december timetable change will boost services on the Bromley North line (although, the 11th being a sunday the first train will not run until the 12th). After recently re-examining the timetable to be introduced I discovered that although frequencies will be 3tph on Saturdays 07xx till 17xx, after that it will still be 2tph, and that following introduction of more services to supplement the existing peak time 3tph in the weekday 3tph runs only from 07xx till 19xx. In total, there are 7 extra trains in each direction to be introduced on the weekdays, there are 13 extra trains to be introduced on Saturday.
This means that the trains per direction in a week on the bromley north branch line increase from 253 to 301.
Weekday service per day in each direction will be increased from 43 to 50, Saturday services will increase from 38 to 51.
The first 'new' working will be on Monday 12th December the 9:06 departure from Grove Park.
The new timetable's connections will be assessed in a later post (including connections to Kent despite the fact anyone would go to bromley south to get there.)
Have been browsing through Office of Rail Regulation's station usage statistics. As you can see, there was a large climb from 2004, with a peak at over one million total entries and exits in 2007 to 2008. The usage has been falling gradually since but is still 200,000 or so over the 2005/2006 levels. Of coarse, the recent decline is amounting to just under 100,000 and leads one to wonder, was it the economic climate (including the loss of Jobs in the city center for example), the change of timetable which angered many passengers (it happened before this site was made,) Peak time overcrowding or shift to Bromley South which caused the fall? To put the figures into perspective from the 2009/2010 data the busiest station is London Waterloo with 86,397,666 entries and exits, Bromley South has 5,537,652 and Bromley North is ranked 631st and Sundridge Park 957th out of Britain's 2525 stations.