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Brixton to Beckenham Junction (Penge Tunnel)

Brixton to Beckenham Junction 9-day line closure – Saturday 23 to Sunday 31 July 

We are investing £4.5 million from Saturday 23 to Sunday 31 July 2022 to improve journeys for passengers travelling between Brixton and Beckenham Junction. This is part of our wider £1.25billion South East Upgrade programme to invest in the railway across the Kent route.

A train travelling through Penge tunnel

On both weekends of the line closure, services will not run between Brixton and Shortlands station. During the week, to enable shuttle trains to run between Beckenham and Orpington (for other routes towards London), the line closure will stop short at Beckenham Junction.

Travel information, including details about rail replacement buses or ticket acceptance on other train routes, will be made available on the Southeastern website as soon as possible.

What does the work involve?

Over the 9-day closure we are delivering a £4.5 million investment (part of our wider £1.25billion South East Upgrade programme).

This is to replace the tracks through Penge tunnel to help improve train service reliability.

We will be replacing 3,970 metres of track in total, using engineering trains, road-rail vehicles and other heavy machinery to complete the work.

Why are you closing this line for so long?

An extended line closure such as this minimises overall disruption to both passengers and our lineside neighbours.

There’s no getting away from the fact the work will be noisy and disruptive. That’s why we want to get it done in as short a time period as possible. If we didn’t close the line for 9 consecutive days, it is likely we would need at least double that to carry out the work over single or multiple weekend days due to the logistical challenges involved.

An extended line closure like this means that we can deliver the benefits more quickly and cost-effectively.

Other work during the line closure

To make the most of the line closure, and to minimise any further disruption in the future, we will be working over the coming weeks and months to ensure we have a plan in place to carry out other improvement work. This might include infrastructure upgrades or station maintenance activities.

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