Future engineering work

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See details of routes affected by planned engineering works, including when they take effect, maps of the affected area, alternative timetables, advice for alternative travel and real-time updates.

No Thameslink services through Central London from Saturday 23 December until 04:00 on Tuesday 2 January

Start date
23/12/2017  00:00
End date
Route affected
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Trains between Bedford and Three Bridges / Brighton; St Albans and Orpington / Sevenoaks; Luton / West Hampstead Thameslink and Sutton; London Bridge and Brighton / Wimbledon

TOC(s) affected

Engineering work is taking place between London St Pancras International and Loughborough Junction over the Christmas and New Year Holiday period, closing the line through Central London.

Please note, there is no scheduled service on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

No trains will run between London St Pancras International and Tulse Hill / Loughborough Junction from Saturday 23 December until 04:00 on Tuesday 2 January inclusive.

A reduced and amended service will run on the following routes:

  • London Bridge and Brighton
  • London Bridge and Sutton (via Wimbledon)
  • London St Pancras International and Bedford
  • London St Pancras International and Luton
  • London Victoria and Sevenoaks

No trains will call at Coulsdon South, Merstham and Redhill until 22:00 on Friday 29 December.

Additional Information:

On Saturday 23 December, no trains will run between London Bridge and Brighton until approximately 09:00. No trains will run between London Bridge and Sutton from approximately 09:30.

Customers should use Southern services between London Victoria and Brighton to help with journeys.

Tickets will also be accepted on local buses between London Blackfriars and Tulse Hill; and also between Streatham and Sutton / Wimbledon.

On Christmas Eve, the revised service will be further amended with only two train per hour running between London Bridge and Brighton; and also between London St Pancras International and Bedford.

From Wednesday 27 until Friday 29 December, Sevenoaks trains which have been previously diverted to and from London Victoria will instead run between London Blackfriars and Sevenoaks. Trains to and from Sutton / Wimbledon will also be diverted to London Blackfriars instead of London Bridge.

Ticket acceptance:

Throughout the holiday period, customers can use Southern services to and from Mitcham Junction. These services run to and from London Victoria.

If you are travelling to Coulsdon South, Merstham and Redhill, you can use Southern services or replacement road transport which is running between Purley and Horley.

Customers can also use London Underground services on all reasonable routes.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey on London Underground and London Buses by using the Transport for London Journey Planner

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Project Information:

The Government sponsored Thameslink Programme will transform north-south travel through Central London. This infrastructure and new trains investment programme will increase capacity on one of Europe’s busiest stretches of railway.

The Thameslink Programme has already delivered longer, 12-car trains between Brighton and Bedford, platform lengthening at several stations, track work and upgraded stations including West Hampstead Thameslink, Farringdon and London Blackfriars. The most complex part of the programme is now underway; this includes rebuilding London Bridge station, and laying new track and signalling equipment around the station to create a spacious and better connected transport hub.