Thank you for your patience following our Easter engineering works

Thank you for your patience following our Easter engineering works

Thank you for your patience following this weekend’s Easter engineering works in the South East.

Network Rail and its contractors worked on projects across the region from London to the south coast, laying new track, installing new signalling, improving drainage, and making other improvements to make the railway more reliable.

John Halsall, Network Rail’s South East route managing director, said: “We know that there is no good time to close the railway for passengers and we really do appreciate how patient everyone was while were continuing our Railway Upgrade Plan this Easter.

“Having a full four days to carry out work gives us the chance to tackle big jobs that we simply can’t do over a normal weekend, and while there are fewer passengers travelling.

“The work we do over these bank holidays is absolutely crucial to improving the reliability of the railway and helps us carry more than 500m passengers every year.”

Notable work undertaken this Easter included:
• New track through London Bridge brought into use, meaning Cannon Street trains are now running through what will be platforms 1 and 2 when the station opens in January 2018.
• Sevenoaks Tunnel, which is two miles long and very, very wet, has had its drainage system improved.
• Track ballast – the stones that support the tracks on a railway – has been replaced between Bognor Regis and Barnham, improving the ride for passengers and making the trains quieter for our neighbours.
• Track in London Victoria station’s platforms 14 and 19 has been heavily refurbished
• Maintenance work has taken place between Paddock Wood and Strood and Sittingbourne to Herne Bay and Dover.

Work is also taking place over the two May Bank Holidays. Network Rail will be working with train operators to make sure passengers are kept up to date with changes to train times.

August 2017 – major changes to services:
Passengers are also reminded that 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; please visit www.ThameslinkProgramme.co.uk/August.

Christmas and New Year:
From 23 December to 2 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.