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Published on : Friday, August 25, 2017
Travelling by train is certainly not the best idea as record levels of engineering works will keep the rail lines closed or under maintenance in and out of the capital.
The proportion of Britons planning an overnight UK trip this weekend has risen by more than a third compared with last year. About 6.9 million adults are planning a domestic break over the last long weekend before Christmas, up from 5.1 million, according to VisitEngland, the official tourist board.
London Euston, which services many northbound routes including to Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow, will be completely closed on 26 and 27 August. Both London Bridge and Charing Cross will not be running Southeastern services, which call at stations such as Dartford, Tonbridge and Hastings, among others, from 26 August to 2 September. In fact, Charing Cross and Cannon Street stations will have no trains running at all over the bank holiday weekend.
In a Network Rail’s poll, it showed that about 77% of Britons did not plan to venture far from home over the bank holiday.
A Network Rail spokeswoman said: “We apologise to our passengers for the added disruption to their journeys and thank them for their patience. This is all about delivering a bigger, better Waterloo station fit for the 21st century.”
Engineering work will disrupt services at several central London stations this August. There are no trains between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield, Ingatestone, Billericay or Barking on 27 and 28 August, while at Waterloo some platforms will be closed, resulting in an amended South Western Railway service until 28 August.
The Network Rail work will end this year and will come up with real benefits; they are adding 170,000 new seats for the daily commute into London which marks about a 20% increase.