‘plan ahead’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

El­lie Bur­rows, South­east­ern’s train ser­vices di­rec­tor, said: “The clo­sures mean we are un­able to run our nor­mal ser­vice and it will mean con­sid­er­able dis­rup­tion for our pas­sen­gers, par­tic­u­larly for those four work­ing days.

“We are do­ing every­thing we can to pro­vide al­ter­na­tive jour­ney op­tions, and we’ll be run­ning longer trains where pos­si­ble.

“But with the three ma­jor Lon­don sta­tions closed there will be fewer ser­vices, queues are to be ex­pected and trains that do run will be very busy.

“We’ve been work­ing very closely with Net­work Rail, TfL and the Depart­ment for Trans­port to plan for this and we’ve been giv­ing pas­sen­gers ad­vance no­tice so they can plan ahead.

“We urge pas­sen­gers to check how their jour­neys will be af­fected by vis­it­ing our web­site.”

Those trains that do run in the pe­riod af­fected will be much busier than usual and will be di­verted to other sta­tions, in­clud­ing Vic­to­ria, Black­fri­ars, Can­non Street and Lon­don Water­loo In­ter­na­tional.

Queu­ing sys­tems will be in place at some sta­tions and pas­sen­gers are ad­vised to leave more time for their jour­ney.

The rail fran­chise has re­vealed it will also have to halt some late-night ser­vices at the end of this month.

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