Central London train stations face major disruption over Christmas

Central London train stations face major disruption over Christmas

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ondoners face major rail disruption over Christmas as Network Rail carries out 300 engineering initiatives affecting busy stations together with London Liverpool Street.

The Government-owned infrastructure administration company said greater than 95 per cent of the network will be open however urged travellers to “plan their journeys in advance”.

London Liverpool Street will be closed between Christmas Day and January 2 for work together with bridge reconstruction and monitor upkeep.

This will have an effect on Greater Anglia, Stansted Express and c2c services.

There will be no Southern or Gatwick Express services to or from London Victoria over the same interval.

This will permit signalling and monitor work to take place at Clapham Junction and Balham.

Most trains will be diverted to London Bridge.

Avanti West Coast trains operating between London Euston and Glasgow Central will run to a decreased timetable between Christmas Eve and December 30.

This is due to a mixture of monitor renewals at Harlesden, north-west London; platform work at Milton Keynes Central; and bridge work at Camden, north London and Wolverton, Milton Keynes.

Signal and monitor renewals in Lewisham, south-east London imply Cannon Street station will be closed on Christmas Eve.

There will be a decreased service for short-distance trains from London Waterloo between December 27 and New Year’s Day due to bridge strengthening work in Battersea, south London.

The initiatives will cost a complete of £120 million.

Network Rail chief govt Andrew Haines said: “Christmas is an important time for the railway as it gives us the opportunity to get a lot of work done to improve the railway when trains aren’t running, and therefore keep disruption for our passengers at a minimum.

“We’ve worked closely with our train operators to ensure the vast majority of the network is open for business over the festive period so people can travel by rail to spend time with their families and friends.

“However, some of these key upgrade projects will have an impact on services, so we’re asking passengers to plan their journeys before travelling.

“And a huge thank you to the thousands of rail workers who will be working over this period to keep services running and delivering upgrades to improve our railway, therefore bringing more reliable journeys to passengers in the future.”

Festive travellers might additionally endure additional disruption from strike motion.

Last week, the Rail, Maritime and Transport union said a recent poll of its members confirmed overwhelming help to stick with it with industrial motion within the long-running dispute over pay, jobs and circumstances.

Source:standard.co.uk

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