Planned improvements

Engineering works and rail network improvement information

In order to maintain and improve the rail network and help give you a hassle-free journey, we need to carry out engineering works. We try to keep disruption to a minimum by doing this at the weekend or over holiday periods where we can, but there may be times when work happens during the week.

To accommodate closed train lines for engineering works, buses will replace train services. However, it’s good to be aware that other train services across a bigger area may be changed temporarily to accommodate the works. When planning your journey with South West Trains it is always a good idea to look at our engineering calendar for more information on when planned engineering works are scheduled. All you need to do is select the date you’ll be travelling, and all the information will appear in front of you.

London Bridge works

The regerneration of London Bridge as part of the Thameslink Programme will continue to affect SouthEastern services through this station until 2018. 

From Monday 29 August to January 2018 Southeastern services from Cannon Street will not call at London Bridge. Most trains from Waterloo East and Charing Cross will resume calling at London Bridge however trains leaving Charing Cross and Waterloo East between 08:04 and 09:17 and trains arriving at Charing Cross between 16:37 and 18:03 Monday to Friday will not stop at London Bridge until a further new platform is commissioned in 2017. For further details please visit the Thameslink Program website.

Overnight trains

Train times change overnight due to engineering works, and therefore do not run as regularly as they do during the day. If you are planning on travelling after 23:00 or before 05:30 then make sure you check train times carefully when you are planning your route, to confirm your journey and make sure that you can complete your trip safely. Our Journey Planner will help you find the quickest, most effective route possible.

Unscheduled delays

Sometimes at short notice our regular services have to change due to reasons beyond our control. To help keep you in the loop check out our live travel updates page for up to date information on any changes or cancellations.
National Rail Enquiries are able to provide you with in-depth information about train delays and cancellations. They can be reached by calling 0845 748 4950 or by going to

Replacement buses

If engineering works are affecting train travel then we may use replacement buses, or even taxis, to help you complete your journey. We’d like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience, as prams, cycles and bulky luggage unfortunately can not be carried onto the buses or into taxis provided when replacing train services during engineering work.

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