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Track replacement in Penge tunnel 

From Saturday 23 – Sunday 31 July, there will be a nine-day closure of the line between Victoria and Beckenham Junction/Shortlands while Network Rail engineers replace the track in Penge tunnel.

On weekdays, trains will still run south from Beckenham Junction but not north to London Victoria via Herne Hill.

On both weekends, there will be no trains between Shortlands and London Victoria via Herne Hill.

A replacement bus service will be operating:

Saturday to Sunday

  • Denmark Hill and Bromley South calling at all stations between Herne Hill and Bromley South

Monday to Friday

  • Denmark Hill and Beckenham Junction calling at all stations between Herne Hill and Beckenham Junction

Southeastern tickets will be accepted on reasonable TfL bus journeys along the closed line, you can find details of the local bus routes below.

Thank you for bearing with us while this improvement work to deliver more reliable journeys is carried out.

Download the Alternative route map PDF

Penge tunnel closure: alternative routes map

Travel Advice

The stations in the table below will be directly affected by the nine-day line closure. To help journey planning, we have set out some alternative options for each station. Ticket acceptance is in place for reasonable routes, but some services may be busier than usual. Please check our online journey planner before you travel.

Online journey planner

Affected train station

Travel advice


5-minute walk to Brixton Underground Station via Atlantic Road & Brixton Road

Herne Hill

Thameslink services to Blackfriars will be running as usual

West Dulwich

Thameslink from Tulse Hill to Blackfriars: 15-minute walk via Thurlow Park Road & Norwood Road

Southern from North Dulwich to London Bridge

Sydenham Hill Southern from Gipsy Hill to London Victoria or London Bridge: 20-minute walk via Selsey Drive, Bowen Drive, Dulwich Wood Avenue & Gipsy Hill
Penge East Southern from Penge West to London Bridge or East Croydon for Victoria: 10-minute walk via Station Road, Crampton Road, High Street and Anerley Park

Southern from Crystal Palace to London Victoria or London Bridge
Kent House Clock House to Lewisham/London Bridge/Cannon Street: 10-minute walk via Barnmead Road & Beckenham Road

New Beckenham to London Bridge and Charing Cross

Tram from Birkbeck to East Croydon or Beckenham Junction
Beckenham Junction New Beckenham to London Bridge and Charing Cross: 15-minute walk via Copers Cope Road & Park Road

Clock House to Lewisham/London Bridge/Cannon Street
Shortlands Weekends – travel to London Victoria via Bromley South

Delivering more reliable journeys

Network Rail engineers are replacing the track through the 1.25 mile tunnel between Penge East and Sydenham Hill stations as part of a £4.55m investment. This is one of the many projects being delivered across the Southeastern network under the £1.25bn South East Upgrade.

Most of the track, including the rail sleepers and ballast, is over 30 years old and some dates back to the early 1970s. Laying new track will help to deliver more reliable journeys for years to come.

By doing an extended nine-day line closure rather than several weekends of work the overall disruption to both passengers and lineside neighbours is greatly reduced.

You can also find out more details about the work on Network Rail’s dedicated project page:

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