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Train operator Southeastern announces changes to services running to Charing Cross station because of improvement works at London Bridge

Rail passengers are warned that major changes to Southeastern’s timetable will be enforced from Monday – leading to 20 months of disruption.

The changes are being brought in to coincide with the start of work on the operator’s platforms at London Bridge as part of a £6.5 billion improvement project.

Charing Cross services will heavily affected.

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Trains running to that station will be unable to stop at London Bridge until August 2016 and any current customers using that line to get off at London Bridge should catch a Cannon Street service or change trains enroute.

David Statham, managing director of Southeastern, said: “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.

“We consulted with our customers and stakeholders to develop our plans and this timetable balances the competing needs of passengers with the infrastructure constraints.”

An artist's impression of the new-look London Bridge Station

An artist’s impression of the new-look London Bridge Station

Services to New Cross, St Johns, Deptford, Greenwich, Maze Hill and Westcombe Park will be permanently diverted from Charing Cross to Cannon Street.

There will also be two fewer services running this route during the morning peak and four fewer in the evening peak.

To make up for this Southeastern says longer trains will be ran.

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

An artist's impression of the new-look London Bridge Station

An artist’s impression of the new-look London Bridge Station

Cannon Street station will be open for longer hours, from 5am to 1am.

Some trains from Rochester, Broadstairs, Ashford, Dover and Orpington may be diverted into London Blackfriars.

Services on the Catford Loop are no longer part of the Southeastern timetable.
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