Check before you travel this Easter and plan ahead for August and Christmas

Check before you travel this Easter and plan ahead for August and Christmas


With a month to go before the four-day Easter weekend, please plan ahead and check before you travel as Network Rail carries out essential railway upgrades across the south east.

Across south London, Sussex, Kent and parts of Surrey, Network Rail’s army of engineers will be working day and night to deliver improvements and carry out necessary maintenance to increase capacity, reduce delays and improve reliability on Britain’s busiest stretch of railway


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.

Further information about these changes can be found at

In addition to the Thameslink Programme improvements, there will be other work taking place across the route. This includes Sunday 16 April when there will be no Southern trains to or from London Victoria station while Network Rail carries out maintenance on platforms 14 and 19. Rail replacement services will run between Victoria and Streatham Hill/East Croydon, with the majority of Southern services diverted to London Bridge.

Further information about changes to services over this time can be found at National Rail Enquiries

Information about changes to Transport for London services can be found via

There will also be changes to services over both the May and Spring bank holidays. More detailed information will be shared next month.

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Significant work will take place over the August 2017 bank holiday and the four working days after.

There will be no Southeastern services to or from Charing Cross, Waterloo East and London Bridge from Saturday 26 August to Saturday 2 September. This will mean fewer trains into London. The trains that do run will be diverted to alternative stations and are likely to be extremely busy. Some stations will have queueing systems in place.

Passengers will need to change their journey over these eight days. More information will be available from 10 June; for the latest please visit

Christmas and New Year
From 23 December to 2 January, there will be major changes to services as the Thameslink Programme brings the final new platforms at London Bridge into use and the final section of the new concourse opens for passengers. This will mean further major changes to services, with no trains at a number of London stations. Passengers on Southeastern, Thameslink and Southern trains will be significantly affected.