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Published on : Friday, November 27, 2015
With just four weeks to go until Christmas, passengers are being reminded this week that major improvements being carried out on part of London Bridge station will affect journeys over the festive period.
The work by Network Rail as part of its Railway Upgrade Plan means that there will be no Southeastern trains at London Bridge, Charing Cross, Waterloo East and Cannon Street from the evening of Christmas Eve to Sunday 3 January 2016, including three working days. Passengers will still be able to reach London with services diverted to Victoria and Blackfriars, or terminating at New Cross for London Overground connections. In addition, stations between Deptford and Westcombe Park, including Greenwich, will be closed and trains replaced by buses. Tickets will be accepted on alternative routes.
Southern and Thameslink trains from London Bridge will not be affected.
Thameslink Programme director Simon Blanchflower said: “While many people will be busy with their families this Christmas, our teams will be busy at London Bridge bringing a new viaduct and rebuilt section of railway into use, as part of our ongoing project to improve one of Britain’s busiest railways.
“Much of our work on the Thameslink Programme takes place at night, but major work of this scale can only be achieved by temporarily closing the railway and diverting trains to other stations.
“This does mean changes to services this Christmas, but with fewer passengers travelling than at other periods, this gives us the best opportunity to do this improvement work – a crucial part of our Railway Upgrade Plan.”
Southeastern’s managing director David Statham said: “Whilst Network Rail carry out this important work to improve the railway for our passengers, our priority is to do everything possible to let you know how your journey will be affected and what your alternative options are so you can still reach your destination”
The work, by the government-sponsored Thameslink Programme, will begin on the evening of Christmas Eve and passengers will be asked to make sure they leave London in plenty of time to avoid missing the last train home. The work, which will be completed in time for trains to resume on Monday, 4 January 2016, is part of the scheme to rebuild London Bridge station and the surrounding railway to give passengers across the south east more trains to more destinations, more reliably.
It includes the opening of the new Borough Viaduct to trains so work can begin to rebuild the tracks currently used by trains travelling between London Bridge and Charing Cross.Southeastern’s High Speed trains will continue to run to and from St Pancras International throughout the period, apart from Christmas Day itself and will run a special service on Boxing Day between Ashford International and St Pancras International.