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23 January - 26 January 2017 11:59 PM
Between London Charing Cross and Gravesend / Gillingham
Each night, Network Rail is carrying out engineering work between Dartford and Gravesend / Gillingham closing the line.
Monday to Wednesday
23:39 London Charing Cross to Gillingham is replaced by a bus between Dartford and Gillingham.
Tuesday to Thursday
00:09 London Charing Cross to Gravesend is replaced by a bus between Dartford and Gravesend.
00:39 London Charing Cross to Gillingham is replaced by a bus between Dartford and Gillingham.
Check before you travel:
You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner
Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.
You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.
5 January 2015 - 31 January 2018 11:59 PM
All routes via London Bridge
As part of the government sponsored Thameslink Programme, Network Rail is rebuilding London Bridge mainline rail station to provide more space, improved connections to more destinations and more reliable services. The rail and tube station will remain open during the work.
Long term changes
Significant work affecting London stations will take place over the August 2017 bank holiday and the four working days after (26 August - 2 September), as well as over Christmas and New Year 2017/8.
Trains will be severely impacted over this time and you will need to change your journey so we ask you to keep this in mind when booking holidays and planning ahead.
More information will be released when available, including travel advice.
Travelling at the weekend
Throughout the programme, different services will be impacted on some weekends and bank holidays, for the latest information visit www.nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/currentAndFuture
On some weekends, particularly on Sundays, Waterloo East, London Bridge, London Charing Cross and / or London Cannon Street stations will be closed or have very limited services. Please use the Journey Planner to see the full impact on your journey.
During periods of time when London Charing Cross / London Cannon Street are closed, you'll be able to use your ticket on selective alternative routes to complete your journey at no extra charge. For details full details visit Southeastern. Please note the ticket acceptance detailed for weekend engineering work may differ from the Monday to Friday Thameslink Programme ticket acceptance outlined below.
Longer term changes
Thameslink services which run through central London will, not call at London Bridge, however there will be a limited service between London Bridge and Brighton.
Until January 2018
Most trains to and from London Charing Cross will be able to stop at London Bridge again, although there will continue to be some changes during weekday peak periods (see below)
Trains to and from London Cannon Street will no longer be able to stop at London Bridge.
During this time, it is recommended that you consider changing your normal journey to work as the number of trains running will be reduced and are likely to be very busy.
Weekday peak hour services to and from London Charing Cross / Waterloo East
Trains FROM London Charing Cross and Waterloo East will not be able stop at London Bridge between 08:04 and 09:17
Trains TO Waterloo East and London Charing Cross will not be able to stop at London Bridge between 16:37 and 18:03
During these times, you'll be able to use the alternative routes to complete your journey as detailed below
For a full list of major service changes visit key dates and service changes.
Planning your Journey
For full details of these changes and the impact on your journey, please use the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner
Alternative routes and travel advice
The impact on your journey will depend on the particular services that you currently use to get to and from London Bridge and what alternatives exist. Travel advice is as follows:
If you are unable to complete your journey by interchanging on National Rail services outside London, you may need to use TfL services, if you have a Travelcard you may choose to use other routes.
The accepted routes are:
Thameslink passengers from the south of London (with a 'Thameslink only' ticket), whose final destination is currently London Bridge should change at Elephant & Castle or London Blackfriars for onward travel to London Bridge where tickets will be accepted on London Underground or eligible buses between Elephant & Castle and London Bridge and between Blackfriars and London Bridge. These recommended routes are shown here.
Southern (and any permitted route) passengers who currently interchange onto National Rail services at London Bridge for travel to London Charing Cross or London Waterloo East should take London Underground or eligible bus services where their tickets will be accepted between London Bridge to Charing Cross or Waterloo / Southwark.
South West Trains passengers who currently interchange at London Waterloo East for London Bridge should take London Underground or eligible bus services between London Bridge and London Waterloo / Southwark where their tickets will be accepted. These recommended routes are shown here.
Network Rail owns and maintains the UK's rail infrastructure. They have a programme of planned engineering work, and also deal with unplanned problems and damage to tracks, signals and other infrastructure.
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