Easter spotlight: Battersea Park junction renewal10 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.
- Renewing Purley junction at Christmas was another significant job on the Brighton Main Line
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
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
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
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.