Travelling by Southeastern train this weekend? Check before you go as THREE London stations are shut
PUBLISHED: 12:55 26 August 2015 | UPDATED: 12:55 26 August 2015
Services disrupted again due to work on massive London Bridge project
Rail travellers are being urged to check their trains before they set out as three of the major London terminals close throughout the bank holiday weekend.
As part of the on-going multi-billion pound work taking place at London Bridge, Southeaster services will be diverted to other London stations after confirming Charing Cross, Waterloo East and Cannon Street will all be shut over the three days.
Some metro services will be replaced by buses.
Part of London Bridge will also be closed over the weekend.
The government-sponsored £1.6bn Thameslink programme is rebuilding the station platform by platform. As a result, Charing Cross trains have been unable to stop at the station since last year while those platforms are rebuilt. From next August, it will be the turn of the platforms used by Cannon Street trains to be rebuilt, and those services will begin running through without stopping until the station is completed in 2018.
Rail systems project director, Mark Somers, explained: “This bank holiday is an important one for us as the work we are doing will pave the way for some major changes in January and August next year.
“We are untangling the tracks at London Bridge to reduce delays and increase the number of services that can travel through the station from 2018. It’s a massive job and we appreciate the public’s understanding while we do this.”
Services will be back to normal for Tuesday morning.
Southeastern’s managing director David Statham said: “The major rebuilding work being undertaken by Network Rail at London Bridge will mean some of our services are affected over the August Bank Holiday. We have advice for passengers on our website and would encourage people to check before they travel and to leave more time for their journey where necessary.”
Southeastern services will not call at London Bridge, except for trains to and from Hastings. Trains will be diverted to either London Victoria or London Blackfriars with some trains starting and finishing at New Cross.