Video: Vital signalling work means nine days with no trains through Hither Green, South East London, starting tomorrow (Saturday): Hither Green screen grab

Friday 24 Jul 2020

Video: Vital signalling work means nine days with no trains through Hither Green, South East London, starting tomorrow (Saturday)

Region & Route:
Southern: Kent

Commuters from parts of South East London and Kent are being warned that their journeys to and from central London could take longer and peak time services will be busier during week-long engineering work at Hither Green.

The main line from Tonbridge, Sevenoaks and Orpington to Charing Cross and Cannon Street will be closed through the area for nine days from Saturday 25 July to Sunday 2 August 2020, along with the Sidcup and Bromley North branches.

Some trains will be diverted and others replaced by buses, as work goes on to replace the 1970s-era signalling system.

Detailed station by station travel advice is now available on our dedicated webpage.

Notes to Editors

  • Buses will replace trains between Lewisham and both Sidcup and Orpington
  • Ashford, Tonbridge, Hastings and Tunbridge Wells services will run via alternative routes and into different London terminals.
  • Sidcup services will run east and into Central London via the Bexleyheath and Woolwich lines, and south via Dartford
  • Rail replacement shuttle buses will run between New Eltham, Mottingham and Eltham, and between Elmstead Woods and Eltham, for services to Central London
  • Rail replacement buses will run on the Bromley North branch
  • Services from Petts Wood and Orpington will run to Victoria, Blackfriars, or London Bridge, Waterloo East and Charing Cross (running non-stop via New Beckenham)
  • Tickets will be accepted on alternative rail routes and the replacement bus service.
  • As there is limited capacity on TfL buses due to social distancing, only Travelcards and Pay as You go (PAYG) will be accepted. You will be able to use Travelcards and PAYG on the London Underground if required.
  • Paper tickets (single, daily or season) will also be accepted between Southeastern’s London terminus stations. Victoria, Blackfriars, Charing Cross, Southwark, Cannon Street and London Bridge.

Contact information

Passengers / community members
Network Rail national helpline
03457 11 41 41

Latest travel advice
Please visit National Rail Enquiries

Network Rail press office - Chris Denham
Media relations manager (Kent)
020 3357 7969
07515 626530

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