Southeastern and Jubilee Line shutdowns to hit Easter travellers

Cannon Street station

If you’ve got any big plans to go anywhere by rail over Easter, check your plans – there’ll be a big shutdown of lines through London Bridge over the holiday weekend, together with works on the Jubilee Line.

The rail works are part of the Thameslink Programme, the long-term scheme to remodel the lines from south-east London and Kent to accommodate new services to north London, Cambridge, and other destinations.

No trains will run from Charing Cross or Cannon Street between 3 and 6 April, as the lines through London Bridge will be closed. Trains will be less frequent and will run to and from Victoria, Blackfriars or New Cross instead.

Separately, works on the Jubilee Line mean services will only run between Waterloo and Stratford over Easter – causing problems for travellers seeking alternative routes to the West End.

A similar London Bridge closure last month was given minimal advance publicity, and while there was at least some better warning of this shutdown, it appears on the Southeastern website under the less than eye-catching headline of “Easter timetable changes”. There’s currently nothing on the Thameslink Programme site.

Southeastern website, 17 February 2015

Hopefully they’ll ramp up the effort after the shambolic efforts seen in past months.

If you’re affected, it’s worth playing with Real Time Trains to see what’s happening from your local station, but here’s a rough guide to what’s happening on the metro lines in south-east London between Good Friday and Easter Monday.

Woolwich line (to Dartford): Every half-hour to/from Blackfriars, and diverted via Lewisham.
(Deptford, Greenwich, Maze Hill, Westcombe Park: Buses will run between Lewisham and Charlton.)
Woolwich line (to Gillingham): Every half-hour to/from Victoria.
Bexleyheath line: Every half-hour to/from Victoria.
Sidcup line: Every half-hour to/from New Cross (Victoria on Sunday only).
Hayes line: Half-hourly to/from Victoria.
Grove Park line: Half-hourly between New Cross and Tonbridge (Sevenoaks on Sunday only).

The Jubilee Line works see no service between Waterloo and Wembley Park from Good Friday to Easter Sunday; and Waterloo to Stanmore on Easter Monday. This is likely to be connected with badly-needed works to replace tunnel linings at Green Park.

There’s also no escape from if you’re planning to use London Overground, with East London Line services only running between Shadwell and Clapham Junction, West Croydon and New Cross between Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

(Thanks to the brilliant London SE1 site for spotting this yesterday.)

5 comments

  1. Anybody wanting to have word with Southeastern and TfL about this and more may like to pay a visit to the Town Hall on Thursday.

    Rather bizarrely, this appears to be part of a Finance and Public Services Scrutiny Panel meeting.

    http://committees.greenwich.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=144&MId=3637

  2. Starting to get used to it – this Sunday, for example, according to the website and signs at the station, once again there are no train services calling at (in alphabetical order) DEPTFORD, GREENWICH, LONDON BRIDGE PLATFORMS 1 TO 6, LONDON CANNON STREET, LONDON CHARING CROSS, LONDON WATERLOO EAST, MAZE HILL OR WESTCOMBE PARK. You need the deductive powers of Sherlock Holmes to work out alternatives. It’s exhausting… and irritating to know that this will just keep happening for the next few years.

  3. This is (yet another) example of hopeless communication by Network Rail and Southeastern. This work has been in the Thameslink plan for months – it’s not a sudden decision.

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