Planned engineering work

To maintain and improve the UK's rail infrastructure, Network Rail has to carry out regular planned engineering work. The work is normally done at weekends, on bank holidays and after 10pm during the week, but it may also affect our services at other times. Please be aware, where replacement buses are in operation, journeys may take longer than normal.

In some cases, timetables will not be confirmed until less than the usual 12-weeks before travel. Wherever possible, we’ve highlighted those journeys yet to be confirmed in our journey planner. You can still book tickets in advance, please note there are only a limited number of tickets allocated per journey, and our Advance fares are available up until 6pm on the day before you travel. If you buy an Advance ticket for a train that is subsequently changed or cancelled, we will refund you. Check before you travel by using our journey planner or download our Southeastern app for the most up-to-date information.

Always check if unplanned engineering work will affect your journey.

Victoria re-signalling programme

On several days in December and January next year the line between Herne Hill, Brixton and London Victoria will be closed, along with Brixton station. During the closures major improvement work will be carried out by Network Rail engineers.

There is also an extended closure over the Christmas period, so please check before you travel. You can find more information on our Victoria re-signalling page.

Blackheath tunnel closure

From Saturday 1 June to Sunday 11 August inclusive, the Blackheath tunnel between Blackheath and Charlton will close as Network Rail begins £10m of essential repairs to the 175-year-old Victorian-era structure. The tunnel is perfectly safe but needs major investment to protect its long-term integrity enabling it to be used reliably for the next 100 years.

We’re working to minimise the disruption by diverting services from Dartford to Cannon Street via Charlton and Lewisham to run via Greenwich, stopping additionally at Westcombe Park, Maze Hill, Greenwich, and Deptford.

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