Passengers travelling into London set to face rail chaos over Easter weekend due to maintenance work
PUBLISHED: 12:21 15 March 2017
There will be no Southeastern services to or from Charing Cross, Waterloo East and London Bridge – with the exception of Hastings trains – on the Friday and Saturday
Passengers travelling from Kent and south-east London into the capital over the Easter weekend are set to face rail chaos as essential maintenance work is carried out.
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, April 14 and Easter Monday, April 17, major engineering work will be taking place between New Cross and Charing Cross/Cannon Street on behalf 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 the Friday and Saturday.
There will also be no Southeastern trains to or from Cannon Street, Deptford, Greenwich, Maze Hill and Westcombe Park stations from Friday until Monday 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.
On Sunday 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.
John Halsall, Network Rail South East route managing director, said: “I would like to thank passengers for their patience while we use this opportunity, when the railway is quieter than usual, to continue our Railway Upgrade Plan and carry out the maintenance necessary to keep this busy stretch of railway safe for the millions of passengers that use it each year.
“There will be changes to services across the south east and I advise passengers to consider their options in advance and check before they travel this Easter.”
David Statham, managing director of Southeastern Railway, said: “Over the Easter weekend some of our stations will be closed and some routes diverted.
“Therefore it’s really important to check before you travel, and plan your journey in advance.
“For full details please pick up a leaflet at a station or visit southeasternrailway.co.uk/easter.”
Angie Doll, Southern’s passenger services director, added: “It’s important that passengers check before they travel on Sunday as there will be no Gatwick Express services, and most Southern services which normally serve Victoria will be diverted to London Bridge.
“Passengers for Gatwick Airport from London will need to take a Southern service from London Bridge.”