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Buses replace trains between Rochester and Rainham on Sunday 7 April  

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Engineering work details

Starts 07 Apr 2024 to 07 Apr 2024

Train operators affected

Route(s) affected

Southeastern between London St Pancras International / London Victoria / London Charing Cross and Dartford Ramsgate / Dover Priory; and also between Sittingbourne and Sheerness-on-Sea

Thameslink between West Hampstead Thameslink / Kentish Town / Dartford and Gillingham / Rainham


Engineering work is taking place between Rochester and Rainham, closing all lines.


  • Sole Street Line: Trains between London Victoria and Ramsgate / Dover Priory via Chatham will only run between London Victoria and Rochester. Additional trains will run between Rainham and Ramsgate / Dover Priory.

  • Highspeed via Gravesend: Trains between London St Pancras International and Ramsgate via Faversham will only run between London St Pancras International and Rochester.

  • Sheerness line: Trains between Sittingbourne and Sheerness-on-Sea will be retimed

  • Sidcup Line: Trains which usually run between London Charing Cross and Dartford via Sidcup will be extended to Strood, but these trains are diverted to run via Bexleyheath because of further engineering work.

Accessible replacement buses will run between:

  • Strood / Rochester and Rainham calling at all stations.


No trains will run between Gravesend and Rainham / Gillingham. You may use Southeastern trains between Gravesend and Strood, and Southeastern replacement buses between Strood and Rainham.

Some early morning / late night buses will run between Dartford / Gravesend and Rainham / Gillingham.

Check before you travel:

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

If you are travelling with Thameslink, these changes are not currently shown in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner, please check back nearer to the time of travel.

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

For helpful advice if you need to travel on a rail replacement service, including accessibility and bicycle information, please use this page

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

Please be advised that, on occasion, replacement vehicles may be busier than usual, and you should allow extra time for your journey.