Thameslink Programme – Closures in 2017

Changes to services this festive period. Don't get caught out, plan ahead.

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Christmas line closures:

This Christmas, between Saturday 23 December and Monday 1 January 2018 inclusive, there will be closures and changes to services as the Thameslink Programme continues to rebuild London Bridge station and the surrounding railway.

During this time there will be fewer trains into London and your journey will take longer, especially during the three working days (27th -29th December)

  • From Saturday 23 December until Monday 1 January 2018, there will be changes to rail
    services across London and the south-east while Network Rail continues
    to transform north-south travel through London as part of the Thameslink Programme.
  • Southeastern, Thameslink, Gatwick Express and Southern services will all be affected as well as other train operators, with no National Rail services running on Christmas Day or Boxing Day.
  • Southeastern services will not run to or from Cannon Street, Charing Cross, Waterloo East, London Bridge, Deptford, Greenwich, Maze Hill, Westcombe Park, New Cross and St Johns for the entire period of 23 December to 1 January.
  • Thameslink services will not run through central London. Trains will be terminating at Blackfriars, Victoria or London Bridge (from the south) and St Pancras International (from the north) from 23 December to 1 January. There will be no Thameslink service at either City Thameslink or Farringdon.
  • A reduced Southern service will operate to and from London Bridge from 23 December to 1 January. There will be no train service at Redhill.
  • Buses will replace trains between Purley and Horley via Redhill
    and between Redhill and Tonbridge/ Reigate. A reduced train service will continue to
    operate between London, Gatwick and the South Coast but not calling at Redhill.
  • A reduced timetable will run between Victoria and Gatwick Airport from 23 December to 1 January,
    with no trains at all on Christmas Day or Boxing Day, although a replacement bus service will be available on
    Boxing Day. Please allow extra time for your journey.
  • Train services to other London airports and St Pancras International will also be affected by closures so,
    please check your journey before you travel.

Key travel disruption and advice:

  • Your ticket will be accepted on some alternative routes.
  • Start considering your Plan B, detailed station by station impact information is available above
  • Victoria is expected to be very busy, especially at peak times on 27, 28 and 29 December. We strongly suggest that if you can, you avoid travelling at peak times or find a route that avoids Victoria.
  • If you’re travelling into central London, trains will be severely impacted and you will need a plan B.
  • There will be major changes to services over the Christmas and New Year period as we continue to transform north-south travel in London as part of the Thameslink Programme.
  • Other train operators are also planning closures and no National Rail services will run on Christmas Day or Boxing Day. Be mindful of how these closures may affect your Christmas shopping and New Year’s Eve celebration plans. Please check your journey before you travel.

Ticket acceptance:

From Sunday 3 September 2017, more Southeastern Charing Cross trains will stop at London Bridge station. This means that automatic refunds will be withdrawn from the following alternative routes:

  • Southeastern stations and Southwark or Waterloo Tube station
  • Southern stations and Charing Cross, Embankment, Southwark and Waterloo Tube stations; bus route 15
  • South West Trains and London Bridge, Southwark, and Waterloo Tube stations; bus routes 381 and RV1

For ticket acceptance maps on TfL services, please visit 


Travel Advice:

There will be significantly fewer trains into London termini and where possible, we are lengthening those trains that are running.

Check the detailed travel advice and your timetable to see which trains will serve both your home station and your destination termini.

Plan ahead:

  • Consider these dates when booking leave
  • work from home if possible
  • travel outside the busiest times and allow more time to travel
  • consider using a nearby station on a different branch
  • look at alternative routes using the information on above
  • think about how to complete your journey once you’re in London


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