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Network Rail reveals major Christmas and New Year projects

Christmas is 80 days away – let that sink in.

With friends and family putting festive travel plans in place, Network Rail has revealed the major work that is set to take place on the network in December.

Passengers have been told to expect significant closures in the south east through the Christmas and New Year period.

As part of its Railway Upgrade Plan, Network Rail will be undertaking several major projects, including:

  • Major Thameslink Programme engineering work – including the final significant work to bring the new London Bridge concourse into use and carrying out major resignalling work on the surrounding railway – between London Bridge and Charing Cross, and London Blackfriars and St Pancras International, from December 23 until January 1, 2018
  • Improvement work at Sevenoaks Tunnel between Tonbridge and Sevenoaks from December 23 to 26
  • Work to complete the new platform at Redhill station from December 23 to January 1, 2018.

A statement from Network Rail said, ‘Southeastern, Thameslink, Southern and Gatwick Express services will be affected, as well as other train operators.

‘No services will run in the south east on Christmas Day or Boxing Day, including high speed trains to and from St Pancras International.

‘Passengers travelling into central London over this period or to Gatwick Airport on Boxing Day could be severely impacted by the work and will need a ‘plan B’ to complete their journeys.’

Christmas services affected by the Thameslink Programme. Credit: Network Rail.
Christmas services affected by the Thameslink Programme. Credit: Network Rail.


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