Purley engineering works means more rail disruption

If you’re hoping to visit Auntie Edna in Brighton over Christmas, or maybe take in the pantomime at the Palladium or embark on some New Year sales shopping down Oxford Street, then you had better not plan to travel by train during the festive fortnight. Major engineering works will see East Croydon almost cut-off from rail stations to the north and the south over the Christmas period.

Says it all really

Says it all really

Croydon’s rail links into the centre of our city already promise to be seriously disrupted over the Christmas period, as the latest phase of re-building at London Bridge Station will ensure longer delays and yet more disruption, which commuters have learned to endure daily over the past two years.

But now a missive has dropped into Inside Croydon‘s email inbox from Govia Thameslink Railway, who operate what is laughably refered to as Southern’s rail “service”.

The email warns of 10 days’ worth engineering works also going on near Purley at the turn of the year. Under the subject heading of “Major changes to train services over Christmas and New Year” (“How will anyone be able to tell the difference?” we hear Inside Croydon‘s loyal reader muttering under their breath in less-than-impressed style), the GTR functionary informs us:

“From the final trains on Christmas Eve 2015 to Sunday 3 January 2016 inclusive, Network Rail will be replacing a major junction near Purley station. Train services will also stop earlier than normal on Christmas Eve, at approximately 2200.” So don’t get caught late at the office piss-up…

“During these works, there will be a revised service on Southern and Thameslink, with no Gatwick Express services running.

“For example, Thameslink services will terminate at East Croydon, and Southern services will run to East Croydon and on to East Grinstead, with connecting rail replacement buses to Gatwick Airport and Three Bridges. There will also be an alternative train service to Gatwick Airport via Horsham from Victoria.

“All routes on the network may be amended during this time, journeys may take much longer and they may involve a rail replacement bus. You are advised to check your journey in advance at www.nationalrail.co.uk.

“If you need assistance during your journey we suggest you book this in advance, then our assisted travel team can advise you on the best possible route during the works.”

The contact details you will need are:

Great Northern and Thameslink
Available 07:00-22:00, except Christmas Day.
Freephone: 0800 058 2844
Textphone: 0800 975 1052
Email: assistedtravel@thameslinkrailway.com or assistedtravel@greatnorthernrail.com

Gatwick Express and Southern
Available 07:00-22:00, except Christmas Day.
Freephone: 0800 138 1016
Textphone: 0800 138 1018
Email: myjourney@southernrailway.com

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1 Response to Purley engineering works means more rail disruption

  1. johnjefkins says:

    We need more rail capacity. Engineers have to add those extra through platforms at London Bridge and add new track and points at Purley sometime. They have picked a time to work when most of us are not working.

    So let’s have a bit of sympathy for that “Orange Army” working whilst we are having fun.
    Please take ’em a mince pie or something instead of complaining !!!

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