Com­muters fac­ing week of woe

Train users warned of ma­jor dis­rup­tion as sta­tions shut for Thames­link work

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

Com­muters in Kent are be­ing told to ex­pect ma­jor dis­rup­tion as rail­way sta­tions they use are closed for more than a week.

South­east­ern an­nounced there will be no ser­vices to ma­jor hubs in the cap­i­tal such as Water­loo and Can­non Street as work is car­ried out for the Thames­link pro­gramme.

There will also be no trains to and from Char­ing Cross, Lon­don Bridge and Water­loo East sta­tions be­tween Satur­day, Au­gust 26, and Satur­day, Septem­ber 2.

It means any­one who would nor­mally travel to and from those sta­tions with South­east­ern will be di­verted else­where.

Net­work Rail has en­forced the clo­sures to al­low time for engi­neers to fit the in­fra­struc­ture for the project which will give pas­sen­gers eas­ier ac­cess to Lon­don’s Cross­rail scheme.

In ad­di­tion to those clo­sures, there will also be no ser­vice at Black­fri­ars on Mon­day, Au­gust 28, and Satur­day, Septem­ber 2.

Trains will not run at Can­non Street be­tween Satur­day, Au­gust 26 and Sun­day, Au­gust 27, Vic­to­ria on Sun­day, Septem­ber 3, and Water­loo be­tween Satur­day, Au­gust 26, and Mon­day, Au­gust 28, and again be­tween Satur­day, Septem­ber 2, and Sun­day, Septem­ber 3.

Dur­ing the time works are on­go­ing trains will be sent to South­east­ern ser­vices will be di­verted dur­ing work to Lon­don rail ter­mi­nals other sta­tions in the cap­i­tal. Be­tween Tues­day, Au­gust 29, and Fri­day, Septem­ber 1, trains on the Maid­stone East line will be di­verted to Lon­don Vic­to­ria.

Pub­lic trans­port cam­paigner from the Cam­paign for Bet­ter Trans­port Lianna Etkind said: “This is part of the Thames­link pro­gramme which is im­prov­ing rail links be­tween Kent and Lon­don and it’s go­ing to be in­cred­i­bly frus­trat­ing for com­muters that week.

“But the good news is that af­ter those engi­neer­ing works hope­fully there will be a knock-on pos­i­tive ef­fect for jour­neys made.

“I think this is a case of short­term pain for long-term gain. It’s go­ing to be frus­trat­ing for peo­ple who look for­ward to the tra­di­tional bank hol­i­day week­end by the sea side.”

Si­mon Blanch­flower, Net­work Rail’s Thames­link Pro­gramme di­rec­tor, said: “I would like to thank pas­sen­gers for their pa­tience while we con­tinue to re­build the UK’s fourth busiest sta­tion and up­grade the rail­way to make it fit for the 21st Cen­tury.

“I strongly ad­vise pas­sen­gers to plan their jour­neys ahead and check be­fore they travel as we build a bet­ter, more re­li­able rail­way with greater ca­pac­ity for the mil­lions of pas­sen­gers that use it each year.”

Train pas­sen­gers will also face dis­rup­tion to var­i­ous South­east­ern late-night ser­vices link­ing Kent and Lon­don be­tween Mon­day, July 24, and Fri­day, July 28, due to sep­a­rate engi­neer­ing work.

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