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 trains at London Cannon Street and through Lewisham until the end of service

Start date
05/05/2018  00:00
End date
Route affected
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Between London Charing Cross / London Cannon Street / London Bridge and Barnehurst / Crayford / Slade Green / Dartford / Gravesend / Strood / Gillingham (Kent) / Hayes (Kent) / Orpington / Sevenoaks / Tunbridge Wells / Broadstairs / Hastings / Ore

TOC(s) affected

Engineering work is taking place between New Cross and Lewisham / Barnehurst / Hither Green / Hayes, closing all lines.

No services will run to / from London Cannon Street.

Services to / from London Victoria, London Charing Cross and London Bridge will be amended, retimed, diverted or cancelled on all days. There will be fewer trains from London Charing Cross, and they will run via Greenwich and Woolwich.

Replacement buses will run on the below routes:

  • Between Greenwich and Dartford via Lewisham and Bexleyheath
  • Between Hayes and Lewisham
  • Between Greenwich and Grove Park via Lewisham and Hither Green


Specific information by Line:

Woolwich Line:

All trains will run from London Charing Cross and will run via Greenwich towards Dartford, Gravesend and Gillingham. Trains will also run to Chislehurst via Slade Green, Sidcup and Grove Park.

Hayes Line:

Buses replace trains between Lewisham and Hayes. You should use trains between London Charing Cross and Greenwich and then take the DLR between Greenwich and Lewisham or the replacement bus between Greenwich and Dartford / Grove Park to connect with the buses at Lewisham.

Bexleyheath Line:

Buses replace trains between Greenwich and Dartford via Lewisham and Bexleyheath. You should use trains between London Charing Cross and Greenwich and join the replacement bus service at Greenwich.

There will be no trains from London Victoria on the Bexleyheath Line - you will need to use trains from London Charing Cross and change at Greenwich for the replacement bus service.

Grove Park Line:

Buses replace trains between Greenwich and Grove Park via Lewisham and Hither Green.

If you’re travelling between London and Elmstead Woods or Chislehurst, direct trains will be running but are diverted via Greenwich and Sidcup.

These direct trains are the quickest way to reach these stations, and avoid the need to use the bus service.

These trains also stop at Grove Park however the journey time from London is around 10 minutes longer than using the bus service via Greenwich. If you’re travelling with prams or luggage, for example, you may find it easier to use the direct train.

Stations between Orpington and Sevenoaks will be served by trains running between London Victoria and Tonbridge.

If you’re travelling between London and Petts Wood / Orpington / Sevenoaks or Tonbridge, we strongly recommend that you use trains from London Victoria, as this will be the quickest journey.
For example, the typical journey time from Charing Cross to Orpington via Greenwich and Sidcup will be 1 hour 24 minutes, but the journey from Victoria will only be around 35 minutes. You’ll be able to use your ticket on London Underground services between Charing Cross / Waterloo / London Bridge and Victoria at no extra cost to complete your journey.

The Grove Park to Bromley North service will be revised and run to a reduced frequency. There is no service today.

Sidcup Line:

Trains between London and stations on the Sidcup line will run via Greenwich with extended journey times.

If you’re travelling between Lewisham, Hither Green and stations on the Sidcup line, you’ll need to use replacement bus services between Lewisham and Grove Park, and change there for stations via Sidcup.

If you’re travelling from stations on the Sidcup Line to Dartford, you’ll need to change trains at Slade Green.

Paddock Wood and Hastings Lines:

Trains will run between London Victoria and Tonbridge, where the train will divide. One portion will continue to Hastings via Tunbridge Wells and the remaining portion of the train will run to Dover or Ramsgate via Ashford International.

If you’re travelling between London and Petts Wood, Orpington and Sevenoaks, we strongly recommend you use these services, rather than trains from Charing Cross which will be running via an alternative route with extended journey times.

On Monday 7 May only, trains on the Hastings Line will not attach or detach from Victoria trains. They will instead run to / from London Charing Cross but are diverted between London Bridge / Tonbridge to run through East Croydon / Redhill.

Customer advice:

Customers travelling from Lewisham / Blackheath to Dartford / Gravesend and beyond should travel to Greenwich for a train towards Dartford.

Customers travelling from Lewisham to stations to Crayford should travel via Grove Park where possible.

As no direct train will run between the two stations, customers travelling between Crayford and Dartford should travel via Slade Green.

Ticket acceptance:

You can use your ticket on the following alternative routes at no extra change to complete your journey;

  • Docklands Light Railway between Lewisham and Greenwich
  • London Underground between London Terminal stations and Southwark / South Bank / Canada Water.
  • London Overground services between New Cross and Canada Water.


Check before you travel:

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

You can plan your journey on London Underground and Docklands Light Railway (DLR) by using the Transport for London Journey Planner

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages


Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.