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Please be reminded to plan ahead before travelling this Easter weekend, as Network Rail carries out essential railway upgrades this bank holiday weekend.

Across the south and south east London, Sussex, Kent and parts of Surrey, Network Rail’s engineers and maintenance teams will be using the four-day weekend, when the railway is quieter than usual, to deliver a huge programme of investment that will improve journeys for passengers on some of the busiest parts of Britain’s rail network.

At London Bridge, work continues to rebuild the country’s fourth-busiest station and the surrounding railway as part of the Thameslink Programme, with major track and signalling work between Charing Cross/Cannon Street and New Cross over the weekend, resulting in significant changes to Southeastern services.
Changes to services between Good Friday 14 April and Easter Monday 17 April:
 

Southeastern passengers

  • Major engineering work will be taking place between New Cross and Charing Cross/Cannon Street on behalf of the Thameslink Programme. This will mean significant journey changes for Southeastern passengers, with no Southeastern services to or from Charing Cross, Waterloo East and London Bridge – with the exception of Hastings trains – on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 April.
  • There will also be no Southeastern trains to or from Cannon Street, Deptford, Greenwich, Maze Hill and Westcombe Park stations from Friday until Monday inclusive; trains will be diverted to Victoria or Blackfriars. This will coincide with the Royal Borough of Greenwich Tall Ships event, so passengers will need to look at alternative routes if they wish to attend.

Southern passengers

  • On Sunday 16 April there will be no Southern trains to or from London Victoria station, while Network Rail carries out maintenance on platforms 14 and 19. Rail replacement services will run between Victoria and Streatham Hill/East Croydon, with the majority of Southern services diverted to London Bridge.
  • On Friday 14, Saturday 15 and Monday 17 April, buses will replace Southern trains between West Croydon and Epsom Downs; and on Saturday 15 April, Gatwick Express services will run only half-hourly between Victoria and Brighton calling at Gatwick Airport.
  • On Easter Sunday, track refurbishment at Victoria station means there will be no Gatwick Express service and most Southern services will be diverted to and from London Bridge.

In Kent, a major project to improve the railway through Sevenoaks tunnel will complete over Easter following initial work at Christmas. This two-mile long tunnel is the longest main line tunnel in the south east – and one of the wettest, which can cause problems for train services. Network Rail engineers will dig up and replace the drainage system through the tunnel, while also repairing brickwork and the lining of some of the 13 ventilation shafts within the tunnel.

Elsewhere in the south east of England, Network Rail will undertake resignalling work between West Croydon and Epsom Downs from Friday 14 to Monday 17 AprilTrack maintenance will be underway between Paddock Wood and Strood from late Saturday night until the early hours of Monday 17 April, and also between Sittingbourne and Herne Bay/Dover and from Barnham to Bognor Regis, which will mean no trains on these routes on Sunday 16 April. Rail replacement services will be in place.  
Information about changes to services over this time can be found at National Rail Enquiries www.nationalrail.co.uk/easter. Information about changes to Transport for London services can be found via www.tfl.gov.uk/easter-travel.