Railway customers warned of planned engineering work over May bank holiday

Network Rail have warned customers of planned engineering work that will affect Southern and Thameslink services over the early May bank holiday weekend.

The network has urged customers to plan ahead of the bank holiday as Network Rail gets set to undertake planned engineering work. 

Between Farringdon and Loughborough Junction, Blackfriars and Herne Hill as well as between Battersea Pier and Factory Junction, Network Rail will be carrying out some preparatory work in relation to the Victoria resignalling progamme. 

The work includes installation of new signalling equipment and testing, and is part of a major package of upgrades to modernise 1980s track and signalling on the South London lines into London Victoria.

On May 5, no Thameslink services will run to or from Wimbledon and Sutton, and Sevenoaks services will be amended to run from London Victoria instead of London Blackfriars.

Work between Shepherd’s Bush and Watford Junction means there will be no Southern service on that route between 8pm on May 4, and midday on May 5.

Tickets will be accepted on the London Underground, the network confirmed.

On May 5, engineering works mean an accessible bus service will be running from Sevenoaks to Paddock Wood, and from Sevenoaks to Tunbridge Wells.

Overnight on May 5, teams will be carrying out routine track maintenance and structures work in the Balham area. There will be a late-night rail replacement bus service in operation.

Jenny Saunders, customer services director for Govia Thameslink Railway, said: “Network Rail’s essential improvements and repairs over the bank holiday weekend will affect a number of Southern and Thameslink services in Kent, Hampshire and South London, so we are grateful to our customers for their patience and understanding.”

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Pictured top: Engineers will be undertaking predatory work for the Victoria Resignalling programme over the early May bank holiday weekend (Picture: GTR)

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