Network Rail announces Easter closures

Network Rail have announced plans for rail closures over Easter Weekend which will see no trains running from Cannon Street or though London Bridge from 25 until 27 March.

During the period of closure, trains will be diverted to Charing Cross, Victoria, Blackfriars and New Cross. Southeastern and Network Rail are advising passengers to check their journeys online before they travel.

The changes in timetable will also mean that trains between Sidcup and Hither Green will also be replaced by buses for the duration of Easter Sunday.

The work over Easter weekend will prepare the area around London Bridge for the next phase of the Thameslink upgrade works which will commence in August of this year. From the summer, Cannon Street trains will stop calling at London Bridge, with Charing Cross services stopping there instead. The first half of the new concourse at London Bridge is also scheduled to open.

Commenting upon receiving details of the closures, James said:

“Network Rail should do everything they can to ensure that they hand possession back to Southeastern on time so that they are able to run trains as planned from Easter Monday. I have written to Alasdair Coates, Route Managing Director at Network Rail, underlining the need to make sure the works are completed on time and for communication with passengers, both online and at their stations”.