Railway workers are issued with something called a Weekly Operating Notice, which details line closures amongst other things. There is something that has caught my eye for this weekend.
SOUTHERN SERVICES FROM LONDON BRIDGE DIVERTED VIA PECKHAM RYE AND TULSE HILL. UP
SERVICES TO OPERATE VIA SYDENHAM OVER THE UP SLOW.
But then above it, it states the the Up line (towards London Bridge) is closed also. Therefore I can only conclude that someone in Southern planning saw the quoted bit above and still planned trains to run towards London Bridge only, with trains returning via South Bermondsey/Peckham Rye. It wasn’t until yesterday morning when some bright spark thought “oh, yeh, we can’t do this” and only then were the advertised trains removed and cancelled.
The replacement buses are provided by Southern on the line south of New Cross Gate, so the only miscommunication is down to Southern, (mind you I’m not being biased at all, it genuinely is their cockup!).
Further to ChrisR’s post regarding the six months in advance pdf that changes daily, I also highly suggest signing up to TfL’s weekend information email. You can register for it from the same page he linked above. They send an email every Thursday with weekend closures and other information if available. Very handy for if you forget to go and have a look on the site.
A heads-up for those that live next to the line, some nights this week and following week, tamping has been scheduled from New Cross Gate to Sydenham. Tamping is where a specialist machine slowly makes it’s way along the track, hydraulically vibrating the ballest under the sleepers. It’s not the quietest of machines. Video here.