Passengers in the south east warned of major rail upgrade work over Christmas affecting London Bridge, St Pancras and Charing Cross

Rebecca Smith
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Christmas services across numerous stations including London Bridge are affected (Source: Getty)

Rail passengers across the UK are already braced for a week of travel trouble, with rail strikes across four train operators and a 24-hour Tube strike planned for Thursday 5 October.

Now, Network Rail has warned passengers in the south east to be prepared over the Christmas period, with major rail upgrade work set to cause disruption amid a raft of closures too. Passengers travelling into central London or to Gatwick Airport could be "severely impacted".

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Here are all the stations facing no services over the festive period:

(Source: Network Rail)

Network Rail will be working on several major projects across the south east over Christmas and the New Year, including major Thameslink programme engineering work between London Bridge and Charing Cross, and London Blackfriars and St Pancras International.

There will also be improvement works at Sevenoaks Tunnel between Tonbridge and Sevenoaks, along with work to complete the new platform at Redhill station.

Southeastern, Thameslink, Southern rail and Gatwick Express services will be affected, along with other train operators.

No services will run in the south east on Christmas Day or Boxing Day.

John Halsall, Network Rail’s south east route managing director, said he would "strongly advise passengers to plan ahead and to check before they travel as we continue our railway upgrade plan".

Ellie Burrows, train services director at Southeastern, said: “We know that our passengers will already be thinking about their travel plans over Christmas and New Year. We want to give them plenty of notice now about the available options. We encourage everyone to plan ahead and try to avoid travelling during peak times if possible.”

When the railway reopens in the New Year, Network Rail said passengers at London Bridge will see the newly completed 1-5 platforms, while Southeastern trains to and from Cannon Street will once again stop at London Bridge.

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