Passengers travelling on Southeastern trains over the August Bank Holiday and the following four days should plan their travel in advance as none of its services will be running to Charing Cross, Waterloo East or London Bridge. These services – which will be running to an amended timetable - will be diverted to alternative London stations including Victoria, Blackfriars, Cannon Street and Waterloo while Network Rail complete further engineering work at London Bridge, as part of the Thameslink Programme.
This will have a considerable impact on journeys into and out of London with fewer trains and an amended timetable in place both trains and stations expected to be busy, with queuing systems in place at some stations. Therefore Southeastern is advising passengers to plan their journeys around the following changes:
- Saturday 26 August: No Southeastern trains at Charing Cross, Waterloo East, London Bridge, Cannon Street, Deptford, Greenwich, Maze Hill and Westcombe Park. An amended timetable will be in place and trains will run to Victoria, New Cross and Blackfriars.
- Sunday 27 August: No Southeastern trains at Charing Cross, Waterloo East, London Bridge, Cannon Street, Deptford, Greenwich, Maze Hill and Westcombe Park. An amended timetable will be in place and trains will run to Victoria, New Cross and Blackfriars.
- Monday 28 August (bank holiday): No Southeastern trains to or from Charing Cross, Waterloo East, London Bridge and Blackfriars. An amended timetable will be in place and trains will go into Victoria and Cannon Street. There is engineering work between Sevenoaks and Tonbridge. Hastings services are diverted to London Bridge Low Level via Redhill and East Croydon. Replacement bus services will operate between Sevenoaks and Tonbridge.
- Tuesday 29 August – Friday 1 September (four working days): These days will be especially busy with the timetable amended for these days and trains diverted to Blackfriars, Cannon Street, Victoria or Waterloo.
Southeastern services will be able to run to and from Waterloo station on the four working days to provide more journey opportunities and capacity into London. However passengers should check where trains from their station will be going to using the online journey advice tool found on the Southeastern website; travel outside of busy times and use alternative routes.
During this time, Network Rail will move the Charing Cross lines from Kent into their final position through London Bridge and through the Bermondsey Dive Under, and connect these lines into the new signalling system. This will mean that from January 2018, Southeastern and Southern services will be able to ‘dive under’ the new Thameslink lines, reducing delays and improving the experience for millions of passengers travelling to and through the landmark new station.
For more information please visit https://www.southeasternrailway.co.uk/travel-information/thameslink-programme