Commuters braced for disruption during Charing Cross closure

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As most regular passengers will be aware, we’re now in the ten day period during which there are no Southeastern services to Charing Cross or Waterloo East. This is due to engineering work at London Bridge, where the tracks to Charing Cross are being moved into their final position. This will allow all trains to resume calling at London Bridge, including ones in the “contra-peak” direction.

Commuters travelling between Tuesday 29th August to Friday 1st September face a highly reduced service. Southeastern’s travel advice for these days has largely been to warn passengers not to travel. Obviously, with fewer trains running it is advisable to avoid travelling if you can, but this will not be possible for all. To help out, we’ve put together a one page guide to the timetable running over these four days.

On Tuesday 29 August trains scheduled to run to Waterloo were diverted to Blackfriars. We’ve been assured that from Wednesday 30th August these trains we will run to Waterloo as planned.

Please note that different services run at different times of day, with mainline trains only running to Cannon Street in the off-peak period and after 18:00. In the rush hour trains run to and from Victoria and Waterloo. Both destinations are served from Tonbridge, but only Waterloo from Paddock Wood and only Victoria from Hildenborough.

So far, Southeastern’s dire warning of overcrowding have not come to pass. However, it is certainly possible that some trains from Victoria will be very crowded coming home, since many of the trains will serve suburban stations as well as the normal mainline destinations. You will notice that all trains are very slow during these four days.

We’ll be interested to hear about your experiences travelling over these four days – please give us your comments below or keep us updated via Twitter and Facebook.

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