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We want to make the train service through the Lewisham area meet the high standards our passengers deserve

It’s incredibly frustrating when passengers hear of another signalling problem, which means you can’t get to work on time or get home to see your loved ones. Our job is to get you where you need to be, safely and on time. So, addressing the historical issues in the Lewisham area is critical.

As part of our South East Upgrade, we’re investing a quarter of billion pound in the track and signalling through the Lewisham area. We’re also bringing forward investment to improve accessibility and tackle crowding at Lewisham station.

Christmas upgrade programme

Over the Christmas and New Year we carried out major improvement work between St Johns and Lewisham as part of the £1.25bn South East Upgrade, an investment programme to replace ageing 1970s infrastructure with more reliable equipment.

We replaced two key railway junctions; one at Parks Bridge and the other in St Johns. This involved replacing 2.5km of track and laying 7,500 tonnes of ballast and 1460 sleepers as well as a number of sets of points in the area. This work will improve the reliability of train services in the area

What’s causing delays in the Lewisham area?

Recently there has been a 30% reduction in the number of signalling, track and other infrastructure faults in the wider Lewisham area.  However, because the area is so busy and congested, with more than half of all Southeastern trains travelling through it, even minor incidents can have a major knock on impact.

That’s why we’re spending around £250million over the next four years to reduce delays and make your journeys even more reliable.

What are we doing?

Developing plans for the future

Network Rail, working with Transport for London and Lewisham Council, has secured £5.52 million from the Department for Transport to fund the early design and development stage for an upgraded Lewisham station.

The project would provide an economic boost to South East London, improving the transport connections required to enable growth in homes and jobs.

If the bid is successful and the approvals are granted, passengers can look forward to a signature ‘gateway’ station fit for the future. This includes provision for increased capacity on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) – funded for 2023 – and the proposed Bakerloo Line extension to Lewisham.

It’s important to stress that we are at an early stage. The wider upgrade proposals, beyond the design stage, are not yet funded and still subject to planning approval. Any future upgrade will have to go through standard town planning procedures, including consultation with local residents, businesses and other stakeholders.

The design stage would provide a range of options to take to consultation before proceeding to the next funding stage.

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