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Train services disrupted over Christmas for track repairs

PUBLISHED: 15:00 16 December 2017

A Southeastern train on the approach into London Victoria station. Picture: PA

A Southeastern train on the approach into London Victoria station. Picture: PA

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If you’re planning to visit loved ones over the Christmas period, you might want to plan ahead if you’re using the trains.

The festive season is a popular time of year for rail companies to carry out essential maintenance and repairs as many people are off work, so the impact on commuters is less.

Southeastern services are set to be disrupted between Saturday, December 23 and Monday, January 1 to allow for Thameslink engineering work to be carried out in central London.

There will be no trains calling at Cannon Street, Charing Cross, Waterloo East, City Thameslink or Farringdon during that period, and at London Bridge only Southern and Thameslink services will be stopping – no Southeastern trains.

On the three working days from Wednesday, December 27 to Friday, December 29, an amended timetable with a significantly reduced service will operate to Victoria, Blackfriars and Waterloo.

Two trains an hour will be operating in both directions on each of the Bexleyheath, Belvedere and Sidcup branches between Dartford and Victoria, with some extending into Gravesend and Gillingham.

In addition, trains from Swanley via Bromley South will be running to both Victoria and Blackfriars, with four trains an hour to the former and two an hour to the latter.

There will also be two trains an hour from Sevenoaks to Blackfriars via Orpington, as well as from Hastings to Victoria and Ramsgate or Dover Priory to Waterloo, both of which also call at Orpington.

The shuttle service from Bromley North to Grove Park, which also calls at Sundridge Park, will be running twice an hour.

For those three days, non-high speed tickets will be accepted on the high speed services to St Pancras International and Stratford International, with additional fast trains running.

Buses in south east and central London will be accepting Southeastern tickets for the duration of the disruption, with passengers able to connect to North Greenwich for the Jubilee line and Lewisham and Woolwich Arsenal for the DLR.

Tickets will also be accepted on the Jubilee line between Canning Town and Green Park and on the DLR from Woolwich Arsenal and Lewisham to Bank and Tower Gateway.

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