The boss of Network Rail has sounded a fresh warning over major improvement work to the rail network this summer, which is set to lead to significant disruption to services for passengers across the capital.
Network Rail is aiming to complete a huge slug of a £50bn railway upgrade programme. Major track and signalling work will take place over the August 2017 bank holiday weekend and the four working days afterwards.
For passengers planning a bank holiday getaway, there will be "significant changes" to train services out of London Bridge, London Euston, London Waterloo, London Liverpool Street and London Paddington.
A slew of London Waterloo platforms will be closed from Saturday 5 to Monday 28 August (platforms one to 10), with the closure extending up to platform 14 from Friday 25 to Monday 28 August.
Between Saturday 26 August and Saturday 2 September there will be no Southeastern services to or from London Bridge, Waterloo East and Charing Cross with Network Rail rebuilding London Bridge station and the surrounding railway.
On Saturday 26 and 27 August there will be no Southeastern trains at Cannon Street and Blackfriars and fewer Southern services to London Bridge. You can check further details on journeys during the disrupted period here.
Mark Carne, Network Rail's chief executive, said:
These huge investment projects now need several uninterrupted days to complete critical work.
We know there is never a good time to disrupt services to get this work done, but it does make sense to do so when fewer people are travelling. Bank holidays and the summer months can see up to 50 percent fewer passengers using the railway.
This vital investment will make the railway more reliable for years to come, while improving journeys for thousands of passengers. There will be major changes to services throughout August and the bank holiday weekend, so we strongly advise passengers to plan their journeys as early as possible.
Which stations are affected when?
- London Waterloo: Platforms 1-10 will be closed from Saturday 5 to Monday 28 August. On Friday 25 to Monday 28 August the closure extends to include platforms 1-14. Throughout the closure, there will be significant reductions services at some stations and several will be closed across the South West rail network.
- London Bridge: Between Saturday 26 August and Saturday 2 September, there will be no Southeastern services to or from London Bridge, Waterloo East and Charing Cross. Additionally, on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August there will be no Southeastern trains at Cannon Street and Blackfriars and fewer Southern services to London Bridge.
- London Euston: No trains will run to or from London Euston on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August
- London Liverpool Street: On Sunday 27 and Monday 28 August there will be no train services between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield / Ingatestone / Billericay / Barking.
- London Paddington: From Saturday 19 August to 15 September, services will be impacted on the Paddington to Wales route between Swindon and Bristol Parkway. Diversions for high speed trains and rail replacement services for local services will mean longer journey times.
- Marylebone, Kings Cross, St Pancras and London Victoria stations in London are all unaffected, but are likely to be busier than usual
- Routes to UK airports will be unaffected over the bank holiday weekend