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Closures and changes to services in 2017


There will be closures and changes to services over weekends and bank holidays in 2017 as we continue to rebuild London Bridge station and the surrounding railway. Always check before you travel for any engineering work.

More information and travel advice will be available closer to the time.

Read more about what these changes mean for you in our leaflet.

May bank holidays:
May bank holiday – Saturday 29 April to Monday 1 May

Spring bank holiday – Saturday 27 May to Monday 29 May

There will also be changes to services over both the May and Spring bank holidays.

August bank holiday – Saturday 26 August to Saturday 2 September
There will be significant work over the August 2017 bank holiday and the four working days after.

There will be no Southeastern services at London Bridge, Waterloo East and Charing Cross, which means there will be fewer trains into London and they may be diverted to different London stations.

You will need to change your journey so please keep this in mind when booking holidays and planning ahead.

For more information, please visit our August 2017 webpage or read more about what these changes mean for you in our line closures leaflet.

Waterloo Closure

Between 5 and 28 August 2017, fewer trains will run in and out of London Waterloo. This includes the busiest times of the day – the morning and evening peaks.
Platforms 1-4 will be extended so longer ten-carriage trains can stop at suburban stations for the first time. This will provide thousands of extra seats every day. Platforms 1-9 will be closed throughout this time so the work can be carried out. During this time, there will still be fewer services.

For more information, please visit

Christmas and New Year
Saturday 23 December 2017 to Monday 1 January 2018

From 23 December to 1 January, there will be major changes to services as the Thameslink Programme brings all remaining new platforms at London Bridge into use and the final section of the new concourse will open for passengers.

This will mean further major changes at Christmas, with no trains at a number of London stations. Passengers on Southeastern, Thameslink and Southern trains will be significantly affected.

Thinking about travelling?
It might be time to start thinking of other options such as changing the time you travel, finding another route, cycling to work or working from home.  If you are organising this year’s holiday, keep these dates in mind.

When plan A isn’t an option anymore, you’ll need a plan B.


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