Thursday 13 Jul 2017
What’s your destination? Rail passengers reminded of closures in August and early September
- South East
Johnny Cash sang “Is her destination Victoria station? Where the trains go out and the trains come in.”
Passengers arriving at Charing Cross station this morning were greeted by a fully-staged Johnny Cash tribute act, to remind them that between 26 August and 2 September there will be no Southeastern trains at Charing Cross, Waterloo East and London Bridge but their train may be diverted to Victoria or an alternative station.
Over the August Bank Holiday weekend and four working days afterwards, Network Rail will continue to rebuild London Bridge station and the surrounding railway, as part of the Thameslink Programme, to deliver more regular, more reliable journeys to and through London.
There will be no Southeastern services to or from Charing Cross, Waterloo East and London Bridge; trains will be diverted to alternative London stations: Victoria, Blackfriars, Cannon Street or Waterloo. On Saturday 26 and 27 August there will be no Southeastern trains to or from Cannon Street, Charing Cross and London Bridge while there will also be a reduced Southern service to and from London Bridge.
During these eight days, Network Rail will move the Charing Cross lines from Kent into their final position through London Bridge and through the Bermondsey Dive Under, and connect these lines into the new signalling system. This will mean that from January 2018, Southeastern and Southern services will be able to ‘dive under’ the new Thameslink lines, reducing delays and improving the experience for millions of passengers travelling to and through the landmark new station.
Simon Blanchflower, Network Rail’s Thameslink Programme director, said: “I understand that passengers may feel frustrated about the potential disruption during these eight days, but this crucial investment, part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan, will make a real difference to the journeys of the millions of people who use this busy stretch of railway each year. Thank you for your patience and please do make sure to plan ahead and check before travelling this summer at www.thameslinkprogramme.co.uk/2017“
Ellie Burrows, Southeastern’s Train Services Director, said: "It is really important that you plan your journey before you travel. We’ve been working with Network Rail and DfT to plan this work so that it has the minimum impact, but if you travel to or from our three major London stations you will be affected so it is crucial that you check before you travel. We'll be running longer trains where and when we can, and we have been working closely with Transport for London to secure ticket acceptance on a number of alternatives routes, for information on how these station closures will impact you please visit southeasternrailway.co.uk/travel-information/thameslink-programme”
About Network Rail
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.