Kent train timetable set for MAJOR disruption over long Easter 2017 weekend - check here for details of stations and lines set to be closed
PUBLISHED: 09:22 14 April 2017 | UPDATED: 09:22 14 April 2017
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Network Rail to carry out work from Good Friday to Bank Holiday Monday and that will mean delays and replacement bus services
Travellers planning to use Kent’s rail network over the Easter long weekend are being advised to check their route in advance as major engineering work is set to cause headaches for many.
In addition to no services in or out of Charing Cross, Waterloo East, London Bridge or Cannon Street on Friday or Saturday, major repairs on the Sevenoaks tunnel will mean no services operating between Sevenoaks and Tonbridge from Friday to Sunday.
Track maintenance is also going to cause problems between Paddock Wood and Strood from late on Saturday to the early hours of Monday.
Meanwhile, work will also mean no services operating between Sittingbourne and Herne Bay or Dover on Easter Day. Bus replacement services will instead be in place.
The work is being conducted by Network Rail, which handles the rail infrastructure.
John Halsall, Network Rail south east route managing director, said: “I would like to thank passengers for their patience while we use this opportunity, when the railway is quieter than usual, to continue our railway upgrade plan and carry out the maintenance necessary to keep this busy stretch of railway safe for the millions of passengers that use it each year.
“There will be changes to services across the south east and I advise passengers to consider their options in advance and check before they travel this Easter.”
Ellie Burrows, train services director at Southeastern, said: “Work to improve our railway continues this Easter bank holiday meaning some lines will be closed and some routes will be diverted to other stations. Please plan ahead, allow more time for your journey and check before you travel.”
At London Bridge, work continues to rebuild the country’s fourth-busiest station and the surrounding railway as part of the Thameslink Programme, with major track and signalling work between Charing Cross/Cannon Street and New Cross over the weekend, resulting in significant changes to Southeastern services.
In Kent, a major project to improve the railway through Sevenoaks tunnel will complete over Easter following initial work at Christmas. This two-mile long tunnel is the longest main line tunnel in the south east – and one of the wettest, which can cause problems for train services. Network Rail engineers will dig up and replace the drainage system through the tunnel, while also repairing brickwork and the lining of some of the 13 ventilation shafts within the tunnel.