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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.

Easter – Friday 14 April to Monday 17 April
We will be carrying out work over Easter and both May bank holiday weekends.

Between Good Friday 14 April and Easter Monday 17 April, major engineering work will be taking place between New Cross and Charing Cross/Cannon Street as part of the Thameslink Programme.  This will mean significant journey changes for Southeastern passengers, with no Southeastern services to or from Charing Cross, Waterloo East and London Bridge – with the exception of Hastings trains – on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 April.

There will also be no Southeastern trains to or from Cannon Street, Deptford, Greenwich, Maze Hill and Westcombe Park stations from Friday 14 until Monday 17 April inclusive; trains will be diverted to Victoria or Blackfriars. This will coincide with the Greenwich Tall Ships event, so passengers will need to look at alternative routes if they wish to attend.

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. More detailed information will be shared in April.

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.

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

Due to the work over this period, your regular journey may not be possible. Please start considering your Plan B in advance.

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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