Tuesday 7 Apr 2015
TIMELAPSE: Passengers thanked after Network Rail Easter improvement work means changes to journeys in South London and Kent
- South East
Passengers returning to work through London Bridge, Charing Cross, Waterloo East and Cannon Street railway stations today (Tuesday) are being thanked for their patience after four days of intense work affected journeys over Easter.
Track has been relaid and moved, signals replaced and new equipment installed along several miles of railway stretching from Waterloo East to Bermondsey. Southeastern were unable to run trains through London Bridge over all four days, meaning passengers had to plan alternative routes to Cannon Street, Charing Cross and Waterloo East.
It’s all part of the £6.5bn Thameslink Programme’s project to improve passengers’ journeys to and through London Bridge.
Thameslink Programme Director Simon Blanchflower said: “The work we completed over the Easter holiday was a crucial part of the plan to improve services through central London.
“There is no good time to do this disruptive work but by doing it over the holiday we were able to reduce the impact on the millions of passengers who use London Bridge, Charing Cross, Waterloo East and Cannon Street every week.
“By moving the track around, we’ve made the space for some more major work out at Bermondsey that will take place later this year. This will provide a new dive-under to separate Thameslink services from those travelling to Charing Cross and improve punctuality and reliability.”
In addition, work to replace 1950s signalling equipment meant there were no trains on lines through the Medway Towns and between Maidstone and Gravesend over Easter.
Richard Dean, Train Services Director at Southeastern, said: "This is important improvement work that will benefit passengers in the long term but we know it will have inconvenienced some over the Easter weekend, I'd like to thank all our passengers for their understanding and patience while Network Rail completed part of its major investment programme to improve the railway."
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We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.
Every day, there are more than 4.8 million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.