Services will be diverted to alternative London stations and buses will replace trains on some routes as Network Rail works to improve the railway as part of its £1.25bn Kent and South East London Railway Upgrade Plan

  • On Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July and Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 August there will be no Southeastern services to or from Cannon Street, London Bridge, Waterloo East and Charing Cross; there will be no Thameslink services between London Bridge and Dartford
  • Most Southeastern services will run to or from London Victoria, but some Metro routes will start / terminate at New Cross and passengers will need to change trains at Lewisham to continue their journey to Central London
  • People taking part in the Ride London FreeCycle event on Saturday 3 August are advised to make their way to dedicated cycle hubs (Led Rides) and avoid bringing cycles onto busy trains. More information is available at prudentialridelondon.co.uk
  • On Sunday 21 July, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11, and Saturday 18 August Southeastern Cannon Street services will be diverted into Charing Cross
  • The work is part of Network Rail’s five-year billion-pound Kent and South East London Railway Upgrade Plan.

Rail passengers in Kent and South East London are advised to plan ahead and allow more time for their journeys if travelling into London in July and August.

Over five consecutive weekends, Network Rail will be laying new track on the approach to Cannon Street station.  Over the same weekends, engineers will be replacing track and equipment at North Kent East junction, one of the busiest railway junctions in the country, on the approach to London Bridge. The work will involve replacing ageing and increasingly fault prone equipment, with new, more reliable kit to help reduce delays for passengers.

The work is part of Network Rail’s five-year billion-pound upgrade plan to improve the reliability of the railway in Kent and South East London.

Passengers making their way to the Prudential Ride London FreeCycle event on Saturday 3 August are advised that services to and from London may be too busy to accommodate cycles. Dedicated cycle hubs are being set up at some stations and people will find it easier to use these, rather than bring cycles onto busy trains. More information is available www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk

 Mark Morris, director of asset management at Network Rail South East, said: “Following the completion of a major £55m project to install new signalling equipment on the lines through Greenwich and Blackheath at Easter, our investment to improve the reliability of Kent and South East London’s railway is set to continue with this critical upgrade work on some of the busiest sections of the country’s rail network.

“I’d like to thank passengers for their patience as we work over these weekends.  Trains to and from London will run, but they will be busier than usual.  We encourage passengers to plan their journeys at nationalrail.co.uk or with their train operator before travelling.

Ellie Burrows, Southeastern’s Train Services Director, added: “Above all, our passengers value punctual and reliable trains, so this investment from Network Rail on a key part of the railway will help ensure this crucial part of our network runs as smoothly as possible.”

More information on Network Rail’s Kent and South East London Railway Upgrade Plan can be found at www.networkrail.co.uk/KentRUP .