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Planned Changes to Train Times

Details of planned engineering works on the Southern network.

  • To maintain and improve the railway, Network Rail carries out regular planned engineering works on the Southern network
  • Work normally takes place at weekends or after 10 pm – but occasionally services are impacted at other times
  • Information will be available here as soon as it is available
  • Please check before travelling, and see our live departures and arrivals for up-to-the-minute information

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Planned engineering work for 23rd December 2018

No trains between East Croydon and Watford Junction / Milton Keynes Central from Sunday 23 December until Tuesday 1 January

Date:
23 December 2018 - 1 January 2019 11:59 PM

Routes affected:
Between East Croydon and Watford Junction / Milton Keynes Central

Major improvement work is taking place between London Victoria and Clapham Junction, closing all lines. This also affects the line through Clapham Junction that is used by services between East Croydon and Watford Junction / Milton Keynes Central.

From Sunday 23 December, up to and including Tuesday 1 January, trains will not run between East Croydon and Watford Junction / Milton Keynes Central.

To help complete your journey, you may use London Overground services and London Northwestern Railway services.

Check before you travel:

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

Major improvement work at London Victoria from Sunday 23 December until 04:00 Wednesday 2 January

Date:
23 December 2018 - 2 January 2019 11:59 PM

Routes affected:
All Gatwick Express / Southern routes from / to London Victoria

Major improvement work is being undertaken to renew the track at Battersea Pier Junction. This will improve reliability around the London Victoria area.

Trains will not run to or from London Victoria.

Customers should instead travel to and from London Bridge. Most trains which normally start / terminate at London Victoria will divert to start / terminate at London Bridge.

No Gatwick Express services will run. Trains to and from Gatwick Airport will run from other central London stations including Blackfriars and London Bridge.

All services at Clapham Junction are expected to be very busy. Please avoid Clapham Junction if possible.

Southeastern / Thameslink trains are not affected by this engineering work.

Alternative travel options:

Alternative travel arrangements will be in place between Clapham Junction and London Victoria, however, customers are advised to use London Underground services and travel to and from London Bridge / London Blackfriars.

Ticket acceptance:

Customers can use London Underground between London Victoria and London Bridge / London Blackfriars / Balham / Vauxhall.

You may also use South Western Railway between London Waterloo and Clapham Junction.

Check before you travel:

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

Buses replace trains between Brighton and Littlehampton on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 December

Date:
22 December - 23 December 2018 11:59 PM

Routes affected:
Great Western Railway between Brighton and Cardiff Central / Portsmouth Southern between London Victoria, Brighton and Littlehampton / Southampton

Engineering work is taking place between Brighton / Preston Park and Littlehampton, closing all lines.

Buses will replace trains between Brighton and Littlehampton.

Great Western Railway services to and from Brighton will not run, these services are further affected by major improvement work at Westbury.

Check before you travel:

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

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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

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