Major changes to trains in London and Kent this Easter

Major changes to trains in London and Kent this Easter

Passengers planning to travel into London from Kent and the South East this Easter should check before they travel as Network Rail will be carrying out a major improvement programme in the area over all four days of the Bank Holiday.

Months of planning with operators has gone in to making sure passengers will still be able to travel, either through diversions or with some bus services.

However, there will be no trains to or from London Charing Cross, Waterloo East, or Cannon Street, and work will also affect the line from Longfield to Sittingbourne and Maidstone to Gravesend.

Network Rail’s route managing director for the South East, Dave Ward, said: “We’re investing millions of pounds to improve the railway for our passengers but to do that we are having to make some changes over Easter.

“There’s no good time to this work and we have to do it when the trains are less busy, outside the working week.

“From new track to new signals, this work will play an important part in increasing the reliability of London and Kent’s railways”

Operator Southeastern’s Managing Director David Statham said: “Network Rail has to undertake this important engineering work to deliver vital improvements to the railway. We know that this will impact many of our passengers and that is why we are urging all passengers planning to travel over Easter to check before they travel and follow our Twitter feed for live information about our trains.”

What is the impact?

Meanwhile, installation and testing of a £145m signalling project stretching from Longfield to Sittingbourne will continue over the weekend, to eventually replace signals and signal boxes installed in the 1950s.

As a result, there will be no trains between Faversham and Swanley on Friday and Saturday; Faversham and Sole Street on Sunday and Monday and no trains between Maidstone West and Gravesend on Sunday and Monday. Buses will replace trains on those routes and High Speed services from Margate, Canterbury, Dover and Ashford will continue to run to St Pancras.

Find out more information about changes to trains this Easter on the National Rail Enquiries website.