Rail services across SE London are being cut back over the next four weekends because of engineering work which is closing Charing Cross and Waterloo East stations.

Southeastern Metro services will be less frequent and will run to Victoria or Blackfriars instead because a busy rail junction at New Cross is being rebuilt. 

Thameslink services on the Greenwich line will also be affected, with only an hourly shuttle service between Plumstead and Rainham running.

Passengers are asked to check times before travelling. Services will be hit on:  

  • Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 August
  • Saturday 19 and Sunday 21 August
  • Saturday 26 to Monday 28 August – August bank holiday weekend
  • Saturday 2 to Sunday 3 September

In addition, Cannon Street will be closed this Sunday and on August 21,  with trains terminating at London Bridge, while there will be no trains at all at Deptford, Greenwich, Maze Hill or Westcombe Park on the bank holiday weekend. 

Five sets of switches and crossings  will be replaced as well as more than 1,000 yards of track, sleepers, and ballast.

David Davidson, Network Rail’s Kent route director, said: “Over the past four years, we’ve invested more than a billion pounds into the railway in Kent and South East London, replacing and upgrading 1980s infrastructure to improve reliability for passengers.

“That work continues with this investment at New Cross junction, a key location on the route into London Bridge, controlling the movement of hundreds of trains each day.

“Any incident on the route into London Bridge has a major impact on passengers and it’s vital that our infrastructure is as reliable as possible. This vital work will bring tangible benefits for passengers when complete and we’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we undertake these works.”