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Southeastern warns of major changes starting on 12 January

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SOUTHEASTERN has warned rail passengers of major timetable changes as work on the London Bridge platform begin next week.

The work will start on 12 January and will prevent travellers on Charing Cross services from stopping at the London Bridge station.

Passengers who need to travel to the station will have to catch a Cannon Street service or interchange enroute.

Another change will see some trains from Broadstairs diverted into London Blackfriars with further information on different routes available at the stations.

Southeastern has urged passengers to check before they travel as changes will continue until August 2016.

Other changes will see Charing Cross services to and from New Cross, St Johns, Deptford, Greenwich, Maze Hill and Westcombe Park permanently diverted to and from Cannon Street.

Charing Cross services to Plumstead, Woolwich Dockyard, Belvedere and Erith will also be diverted to run to/from Cannon Street.

The work at London Bridge is part of the £6.5 billion government-sponsored Thameslink Programme, which will look to increase the capacity on this busy stretch of railway.

David Statham, managing director of Southeastern, said: “The project to rebuild London Bridge station will provide a brand new station with a concourse the size of the pitch at Wembley Stadium, new journey opportunities to the north and south of England, and it will untangle the railway lines to remove the bottleneck we experience today.

“This will however, mean our passengers, particularly those who use London Bridge station will need to change their travel patterns while the work is carried out. Our new timetable is designed to provide a service that meets demand at a time when track capacity has much reduced, whilst also providing new journey opportunities, longer trains and later services.

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