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Easter spotlight: Battersea Park junction renewal

10 March 2016

Over the Easter bank holiday, more than 15,000 members of Network Rail’s Orange Army will be working night and day to deliver £60m of improvements to the railway as part of the £40bn Railway Upgrade Plan.

This series of bite-size features takes a closer look at the work they’ll be carrying out across Britain to create a better, more reliable railway.


What will the work over Easter involve?

We’re renewing a junction on the Brighton Main Line at Battersea Park – removing and relaying the track.

Why are we doing the work?

It’s part of our continual improvement of the railway in the southeast. The new equipment will make train services more reliable, reducing delays, while the track renewal will make for a smoother, more comfortable ride for passengers.

Replacing jointed track with continuously welded rails will mean it’s significantly less noisy for our lineside neighbours.

The work carried out will also give the junction better resilience to extreme weather conditions – for example by upgrading the points heating system.

How will Easter train services be affected?

Southern services will not be running to London Victoria station from Friday 25 March to Monday 28 March inclusive, and will instead be diverted to London Bridge station.

Fast, direct services to Gatwick Airport will be running from London Bridge station.

Services on the Brighton Main Line will be much reduced, including reduced Southern services between Clapham Junction and East Croydon on Sunday 27 March (Easter Day).

Passengers are advised to check journeys on the National Rail Enquiries website before travelling over the Easter bank holiday.