More rail disruption around London Bridge next month

Rail passengers using London Bridge, Waterloo East or Charing Cross will have to make alternative arrangements for eight days over the August Bank Holiday period, as Network Rail continues its rebuilding of London Bridge station and the surrounding railway.

London Bridge, as it looked six years ago, before the start of the major engineering works

Between August 26 and September 2 there will be no Southeastern services to or from Charing Cross, Waterloo East and London Bridge; trains will be diverted to alternative London stations: Victoria, Blackfriars, Cannon Street or Waterloo.

On August 26 and 27 there will be no Southeastern trains to or from Cannon Street, Charing Cross and London Bridge. There will also be a reduced Southern service to and from London Bridge.

During these eight days, Network Rail will move the lines from Kent into Charing Cross to their final position through London Bridge and through the Bermondsey Dive Under, and connect these lines into the new signalling system.

Network Rail says, “This will mean that from January 2018, Southeastern and Southern services will be able to ‘dive under’ the new Thameslink lines, reducing delays and improving the experience for millions of passengers travelling to and through the landmark new station.”

Simon Blanchflower, Network Rail’s Thameslink Programme director, said: “I understand that passengers may feel frustrated about the potential disruption during these eight days, but this crucial investment, part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan, will make a real difference to the journeys of the millions of people who use this busy stretch of railway each year. Thank you for your patience and please do make sure to plan ahead and check before travelling this summer.”

Details of the rail service changes for this period can be found by clicking, or visiting

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