Londoners warned of May bank holiday travel disruption due to upgrade work on hundreds of rail projects

 
Rebecca Smith
Thousands of Network Rail workers will be beavering away on rail projects over May
Thousands of Network Rail workers will be beavering away on rail projects over May (Source: Getty)

Train passengers have been warned to plan journeys over the May bank holidays ahead of time, as work across more than 800 rail projects is underway to help combat overcrowding on Britain's railways.

Disruption includes no trains at London Cannon Street and through Lewisham from Saturday 5 May to Monday 7 May, along with major work between London Paddington and Maidenhead from Saturday 5 May until 5am on Tuesday 8 May.

Network Rail has said some routes will see "significant changes to normal services" with impact to services in and around London on both bank holidays - from Saturday 5 May to Monday 7 May, and Saturday 26 May to Monday 28 May.

Some 32,100 workers will be involved on more than 822 projects over both bank holiday weekends in order to deliver more reliable infrastructure, better facilities and improved services for passengers.

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Mark Carne, chief executive at Network Rail, said:

This May, thousands of rail workers will be working round the clock to deliver crucial upgrades to the rail network as part of our railway upgrade plan. This huge investment programme will provide faster, better services and help relieve over-crowding to respond to the huge growth on Britain’s railways.

While most of the network is open for business as usual, some routes are heavily affected and so we strongly advise passengers to plan ahead this May.

Impacts on services in and around London due to early May bank holiday

  • Sunday 6 May only: There will be overhead line renewals at Ilford. A rail replacement bus service will be in place between Ingatestone/Billericay and London Liverpool Street (Greater Anglia) and between Shenfield and London Liverpool Street (TfL Rail)
  • There will be HS2 and maintenance works taking place between London Euston and Northampton between 5 – 7 May
  • Thameslink Programme work continues between New Cross and Hither Green between 5 – 7 May
  • There will be track renewals taking place between New Cross Gate and Norwood Junction between 5 – 6 May
  • Crossrail West work continues between London Paddington and Hayes/Heathrow Airport between 5 – 7 May, there will be no trains to/from London Paddington and disruption at Heathrow Airport on 6 May

Impacts on services in and around London due to late May bank holiday

  • Saturday 26 – Monday 28 May: There will be overhead line renewals at Ilford. A rail replacement bus service will be in place between Ingatestone/Billericay and London Liverpool Street (Greater Anglia) and between Shenfield and London Liverpool Street (TfL Rail).
  • Maintenance work will be taking place between London Charing Cross and London Bridge and there will be no Southeastern services running to/from London Charing Cross. Services will run to/from London Cannon Street or London Bridge on 27 May
  • Sevenoaks Tunnel will see track renewals taking place with buses running between Orpington and Sevenoaks between 26 – 28 May

More information on travel changes can be found here.

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