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Planned engineering work

Working in conjunction with Network Rail, we are committed to continual improvement of our tracks

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Engineering work for Today

Midweek engineering work affecting Southeastern trains on Tuesday 6 to Friday 9 December

Date:
6 December - 9 December 2016 4:00 AM

Routes affected:
Various Southeastern routes

Engineering work is taking place across the Southeastern network, closing some lines.

Customer Advice

The following alterations will apply:

The 00:09 London Charing Cross to Gravesend  (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday), is revised to depart Blackheath at 00:30, and  is diverted via an alternative route and runs non-stop to Dartford, arrive at 00:55, and then as scheduled to Gravesend .

Customers wishing to use this service to travel to or from: Blackheath, Charlton, Woolwich Arsenal or Abbey Wood should change at Lewisham for a replacement bus service to Gravesend via Woolwich Arsenal. This replacement bus service departs Lewisham 00:37, Blackheath 00:45, Charlton 00:57, Woolwich  Arsenal 01:05, Plumstead 01:09, Abbey Wood 01:15, Dartford 01:30, Stone Crossing 01:37, Greenhithe 01:39, Swanscombe-George & Dragon 01:43, Northfleet-The Hive 01:47,Gravesend 01:57.

The 00:27 London Cannon Street to Dartford via Greenwich (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday), is revised to terminate at Lewisham  at 00:39.

There is a connecting replacement bus service to Dartford, that departs Lewisham at 00:48, and calls at Deptford 00:51, Greenwich 00:56, Maze Hill 01:03, Westcombe Park 01:08, Charlton 01:15, Woolwich Dockyard 01:20, Woolwich Arsenal  01:26, Plumstead 01:30, Abbey Wood 01:36, Belvedere 01:40 Erith 01:45, Slade Green 01:51 and terminates at Dartford 02:02.

The 00:39 London Charing Cross to Gillingham (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday only), is revised to depart Lewisham at 00:58, is diverted via an alternative route and runs non-stop to Dartford, arrive at 01:25, and then as scheduled to Gillingham.

Passengers wishing to use this service to travel to or from: Blackheath, Charlton, Woolwich Arsenal or Abbey Wood should change at Lewisham for a replacement bus service to Gillingham via Woolwich Arsenal. This replacement bus service departs Lewisham 01:05, Blackheath 01:13, Charlton 01:25, Woolwich  Arsenal 01:33, Plumstead 01s37, Abbey Wood 01:43, Dartford 02:08, Greenhithe 02s17, Gravesend 02:32,Higham 02:52, Strood 03:07, Rochester 03:14, Chatham 03:21  and terminates at Gillingham at 03:32.

Ticket acceptance:

Your ticket will be valid on the alternative transport provided.

Bicycles:

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.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

 

Major engineering work at London Bridge until January 2018

Date:
5 January 2015 - 31 January 2018 11:59 PM

Routes affected:
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.

Until 2018, there will be long and short term changes to train services as major track work takes place around London Bridge station.

Further information


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.

Southeastern

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:

  • Change the train you catch from your home station to go direct to your national rail destination. For example switching from a London Charing Cross service to a London Cannon Street service. This may involve shifting the time that you travel, but in many cases only by a few minutes
  • If getting a different train from home is not possible, we advise you to change trains en route outside London, for example at Lewisham, Orpington, Sevenoaks or Hither Green, to get to your final destination

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:

  • London Charing Cross, Embankment, Blackfriars, Cannon Street, London Bridge, Southwark, Waterloo and Elephant & Castle underground stations
  • Between London Bridge and Waterloo/Southwark on the Jubilee line and on buses 381 and RV1 between London Bridge and Waterloo
  • Between London Bridge and Charing Cross on the Jubilee/Bakerloo/Northern lines and on buses 15 and RV1 between London Bridge and Charing Cross
  • Between London Cannon Street and Charing Cross/Embankment on the District/Circle lines and on bus 15 between Cannon Street and Charing Cross
  • Between Elephant & Castle and London Bridge on the Northern line and on buses 35, 40, 133 and 343 between Elephant & Castle and London Bridge
  • Between Blackfriars and London Bridge via Embankment and Waterloo and on buses 17 (from Blackfriars north entrance) or 381 and RV1 (from Blackfriars south entrance) between Blackfriars and London Bridge
  • Between Cannon Street and London Bridge on District/Circle/Northern lines
  • Between Cannon Street and London Bridge on bus services 17 and 521
  • Greenwich line passengers can use the DLR between Greenwich and Lewisham, changing there for a Southeastern service to London Bridge, or can use Southeastern services via Charlton

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.


Update: There will be changes to our services over weekends and bank holidays up until January 2018 as Network Rail rebuild London Bridge station. Always check before you travel for any engineering work. 
 
Significant work will take place over the August 2017 bank holiday and the four working days after (26 August - 2 September) so we are asking you to keep this in mind when booking holidays. Trains will be severely impacted over this time. More information will be released here when available. 

Click here for more information on changes to trains at Charing Cross and Cannon Street on weekends.