South Eastern Trains (Tel: +44 (0)845 000 2222) depart from the major train stations and run southbound services to Greenwich, Brixton, and Lewisham. South West Trains (Tel: +44 (0)845 6000 650) run services to Richmond and Hampton Court. Most lines connect with the Underground system, and accept Travelcards.
If you’re staying long-term in southeast London, where suburban trains are usually more useful than the Tube, it’s worth buying a one-year Network Railcard. This card offers one-third off most rail fares in southeast England and on one-day Travelcards for all six zones. Travel is permitted only after 10am Monday to Friday and at any time on Saturday and Sunday. The card costs £20 and is available at most stations.
Contact National Rail Enquiries on +44 (0)8457 48 49 50 for general train information.
Special arrangements can be made for disabled or mobility-impaired passengers. Staff can meet you at your departure station and accompany you to the train, and similar arrangements can be made at your destination.
Before you travel, visit the National Rail website for contact details of the train operator (including mobility-impaired helplines and minicom/textphone). It is best to contact the train operator at least 24 hours before your journey as they will be better able to help.
Most of the large mainline London stations have left-luggage facilities available, although due to the threat of terrorism, baggage lockers have been phased out to oblivion. Excess Baggage (Tel:+44 (0)800 783 1085) has services costing £4 per bag per 24 hours or part thereof. These services operate from Paddington, Euston, Waterloo, King’s Cross, Liverpool Street, Victoria and Charing Cross stations.