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Christmas and New Year

Details of planned improvement work on the Southern network and how it will affect services.

Major route improvement work affecting Southern services over the Christmas and New Year period

Network Rail is renewing the track at Battersea Pier Junction to improve reliability around the Victoria station area. Most trains will divert to and from London Bridge.

There will be no Gatwick Express service but trains to and from Gatwick Airport will run from other central London stations including Blackfriars and London Bridge.

Buses will replace trains between Clapham Junction and Victoria for local journeys. All services at Clapham Junction are expected to be very busy. Please avoid travelling during peak hours.

Other lines may also be affected by engineering work over this period.

Overview of service alterations

Saturday 22 December Normal Saturday service, with some reduction of services in the London Victoria area towards the end of the day.
Sunday 23 December A Sunday timetable will run with the following alterations:
No trains between London Victoria and Clapham Junction.
Buses replace trains between Brighton & Littlehampton
Monday 24 December A Saturday timetable will run with the following alterations:
No trains between London Victoria and Clapham Junction.
No service on the West London Line
Services will finish early, from 20:00 onwards.
Tuesday 25 December No service
Wednesday 26 December Special Boxing day services between:
London Bridge and Brighton
London Bridge and Gatwick Airport
London Bridge and Sutton via Selhurst and West Croydon.
London Bridge and East Croydon calling at Norwood Jn.
Check journey planners for details.
Thursday 27 December A Saturday timetable will run with the following alterations:
No trains between London Victoria and Clapham Junction.
No service on the West London Line
Friday 28 December A Saturday timetable will run with the following alterations:
No trains between London Victoria and Clapham Junction.
No service on the West London Line.
Saturday 29 December A Saturday timetable will run with the following alterations:
No trains between London Victoria and Clapham Junction.
No service on the West London Line
Sunday 30 December A Saturday timetable will run with the following alterations:
No trains between London Victoria and Clapham Junction.
Monday 31 December A Saturday timetable will run with the following alterations:
No trains between London Victoria and Clapham Junction.
Additional late night services will run between London Bridge and East Croydon via Selhurst.
Tuesday 1 January A Sunday timetable will run with the following alterations:
No trains between London Victoria and Clapham Junction.
Buses replace trains between Three Bridges and Billinghurst via Horsham
Wednesday 2 January Normal service

Planning your journey

Full details of train and rail replacement bus services will be included in on-line journey planners by December and you should use these to plan your specific journeys. Information is included in the ‘Buy tickets’ functionality on this website or by visiting nationalrail.co.uk and using the journey planner.