We’re investing more than £90m on the lines to and from Hither Green between now and Easter 2020 to give passengers better, more reliable journeys, with fewer delays. 

Much of the railway in the Hither Green area, including the signals, track, switches and crossings, cables and other electrical equipment is more than 40 years old.

Older kit is more likely to fail and cause disruption to train services.  It also needs more and more maintenance to keep it running.  

Hither Green junction renewal

Over Autumn 2019 we replaced the existing switches and crossings (the moveable section of rail that allows trains to switch track) at the London end of the platforms outside Hither Green station. 

The upgrades will provide significant benefits for passengers, who can expect fewer delays caused by from faults at the junction. 

Track improvements

From October 2019 to January 2020 our state-of-the-art High Output Ballast Cleaner will be working between Grove Park and Chislehurst to improve track quality. 

Their work will provide more reliable journeys and a smoother ride for passengers.

See our High Output Ballast Cleaner in action.

We are also upgrading track between Sidcup and Mottingham over November 2019. 

Hither Green signalling upgrade

The signalling in the Hither Green area dates from the 1970s and now needs replacing. We’re investing £81m to install a brand-new signalling system from Hither Green to Mottingham, Grove Park and Bromley North.

The upgrades to the signalling system will also make train movements easier during engineering works and disruption, helping to get people and trains back on the move more quickly.  

The signalling control of the area will then be transferred to the state-of-the-art Three Bridges route control centre. 

Work on the signalling commissioning is already underway with signal gantries, the structures which house the new signals, installed across the area.

The new signalling system will be brought into use at Easter 2020, from Friday 10 April to Monday 13 April.   

Keep you moving

We’ll do as much upgrade work as possible without disrupting train services, but there will be changes to services at weekends and bank holidays. Passengers are advised to check with their train operator or the National Rail Enquiries before travelling.

Contact us

For more information, call our National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41 or contact us on Twitter @NetworkRailSE.