Southeastern passengers diverted to and from London Blackfriars today (Tuesday 29 August) have been thanked for their patience following confirmation that the affected trains – 40 in total each day – will run to and from Waterloo as planned from tomorrow (Wednesday) and for the remainder of the working week.
The changes are in place while major improvement work is carried out in and around London Bridge as part of the Thameslink Programme – a key component of a £133m Network Rail investment programme to upgrade the railway across Britain this August.
From last Saturday (26 August) until this coming Sunday (2 September), there are no Southeastern services to or from Charing Cross, Waterloo East and London Bridge. An amended timetable is in place and those trains that do run will be extremely busy and will be diverted to alternative London stations including Victoria, Blackfriars, Waterloo and Cannon Street.
Cannon Street in particular will be exceptionally busy as more passengers will be using the station than usual. During the evening peak, two queuing systems to enter the station will be in operation; one on Dowgate Hill and the other outside the front of the station. Passengers are advised that queues of up to 30 minutes are to be expected and they will need to leave more time for their journeys. If possible, Cannon Street passengers should try to travel outside of the evening peak.