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Planned engineering work

Details of planned engineering works on the Thameslink network.

Planned engineering work

  • To maintain and improve the railway, Network Rail carries out regular planned engineering works on the Thameslink network
  • Work normally takes place at weekends or after 10 pm – but occasionally services are impacted at other times
  • Information will be available here as soon as it is available
  • Please check before travelling, and see our live departures and arrivals for up-to-the-minute information

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Due to Coronavirus, planning engineering work is harder than usual. This means online journey planners, such as National Rail Enquiries, may only be updated with works close to when they are due to happen. To find out more simply click the date that you wish to travel on the calendar below to get the full details of planned works as well as if these works have been uploaded to online journey planners.

  • The furthest date that engineering work alterations have been included in online journey planners is available here
  • The furthest date Advance Fares have been released for is available here.
  • Visit our Coronavirus page for current travel advice.

Always check before you travel using our Journey planner, National Rail Enquiries or download our On Track App.

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Engineering work for Today

Date:
11 April - 11 April 2021 11:59 PM

Routes affected:
Thameslink services via Mitcham Junction

As a result of engineering work in the West Hampstead Thameslink area, Thameslink will be running a reduced train service between Luton and Sutton.

Services between Luton and Sutton via Wimbledon will run to a reduced and amended timetable. No services will run between Luton and Sutton via Mitcham Junction. Customers can use Southern services to complete their journey.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Although journey planners are showing correctly, your journey may be subject to alteration at short notice due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Please check before your journey.

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

For helpful advice if you need to travel on a rail replacement service, including accessibility and bicycle information, please use this page.

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages.

Date:
11 April - 11 April 2021 11:59 PM

Routes affected:
Southern / Thameslink to / from / via Gatwick Airport / Brighton

Engineering work is taking place between Three Bridges and Brighton, closing all lines.

Thameslink:

No trains will run between Three Bridges and Brighton. Customers can travel on alternative Southern services.

Additionally, Thameslink services between Bedford and Gatwick Airport will run to a reduced and amended timetable.

Southern:

Replacement buses will run between Three Bridges and Brighton / Lewes (not stopping at Wivelsfield). Customers can change at Burgess Hill for a separate shuttle bus to / from Wivelsfield

An amended service will run between London Victoria and Three Bridges.

Trains will run between London Victoria and Brighton via Littlehampton with an extended journey time.

Check before you travel:

These changes are not currently shown in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner, please check back nearer to the time of travel.

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

For helpful advice if you need to travel on a rail replacement service, including accessibility and bicycle information, please use this page.

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages.

Date:
11 April - 11 April 2021 11:59 PM

Routes affected:
Thameslink services to / from / via London Bridge

Engineering work is taking place at London Bridge, closing some platforms after 09:00.

After 09:00, Thameslink services will be diverted, and will not call at London Bridge.

Trains that usually run between Horsham and London Bridge will be amended to run to / from London Blackfriars, and will additionally call at Coulsdon South and Merstham.

Customers travelling to / from London Bridge can use London Underground services to complete their journey.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Although journey planners are showing correctly, your journey may be subject to alteration at short notice due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Please check before your journey.

You can plan your journey on London Underground by using the Transport for London Journey Planner

Date:
11 April - 11 April 2021 11:59 PM

Routes affected:
East Midlands Railway to / from London St Pancras International Thameslink between Bedford / Luton / St Albans City and London St Pancras International / Sutton / Horsham / Brighton

Engineering work is taking place between Luton and London St Pancras International, closing some lines on Sunday.

East Midlands Railway:

An amended service will run, with trains arriving / departing slightly earlier or later than usual.

Thameslink:

Before 08:50, a reduced service will run between West Hampstead Thameslink and Radlett. Some replacement buses will run between West Hampstead Thameslink and Radlett.

After 08:50, an amended and reduced service will run to / from Luton / Bedford.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Although journey planners are showing correctly, your journey may be subject to alteration at short notice due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Please check before your journey.

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

For helpful advice if you need to travel on a rail replacement service, including accessibility and bicycle information, please use this page.

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages.

Date:
11 April - 11 April 2021 11:59 PM

Routes affected:
Great Northern / Thameslink to / from London Kings Cross / Moorgate

Engineering work is taking place at various locations in the London Kings Cross / Alexandra Palace / Gordon Hill, closing various lines over the course of the day.

Before 08:45:

Buses will replace trains between Finsbury Park and Gordon Hill, and also between Finsbury Park and New Barnet. No trains will run between Finsbury Park and London Kings Cross.

Customers can use London Underground services between Finsbury Park and London Kings Cross.

After 08:45:

Buses will replace trains between Alexandra Palace and Gordon Hill.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Although journey planners are showing correctly, your journey may be subject to alteration at short notice due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Please check before your journey.

You can plan your journey on London Underground by using the Transport for London Journey Planner

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

For helpful advice if you need to travel on a rail replacement service, including accessibility and bicycle information, please use this page.

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages.

Date:
10 April - 11 April 2021 11:59 PM

Routes affected:
Southeastern services via Slade Green Thameslink between Luton / West Hampstead Thameslink / Kentish Town and Gillingham / Rainham

Engineering work is taking place between Slade Green and Dartford, closing all lines.

Thameslink:

On Saturday, trains will run between Gravesend and Rainham only and on Sunday trains will run between Gravesend and Gillingham only.

On both days, customers can travel on Southeastern services between London and Slade Green, and also between Slade Green and Gravesend.

Southeastern:

Engineering work is taking place in the Dartford area, affecting services on routes via Woolwich, Bexleyheath and Sidcup.

Saturday:

Sidcup Line: Trains between London Cannon Street and Slade Green via Sidcup will be diverted between Lewisham and Slade Green to run via Bexleyheath instead. Trains between London Charing Cross and Dartford / Gravesend will not run. Additional trains will run between London Victoria and Crayford.

Bexleyheath Line: Trains between London Charing Cross and Dartford via Bexleyheath will run between London Charing Cross and Slade Green via Bexleyheath instead. Trains between London Victoria and Dartford / Gravesend will be diverted to run between London Victoria and Crayford via Sidcup.

Woolwich Line: Trains between London Charing Cross and Dartford via Woolwich will only run between London Charing Cross and Slade Green. Trains between London Cannon Street and Slade Green via Woolwich will only run half-hourly.

Replacement buses will run on the following routes:

  • Crayford - Dartford
  • Slade Green to Gravesend

Sunday:

Sidcup Line: Trains between London Cannon Street and Slade Green via Sidcup will be diverted between Lewisham and Slade Green to run via Bexleyheath instead. Trains between London Charing Cross and Dartford / Gravesend will not run. Additional trains will run between London Victoria and Sidcup.

Bexleyheath Line: Trains between London Victoria and Dartford will be diverted to run between London Victoria and Crayford via Sidcup. Additional services will run between London Cannon Street and Slade Green via Bexleyheath.

Woolwich Line: Trains between London Charing Cross and Dartford via Woolwich will not run.

Replacement buses will run on the following routes:

  • Sidcup - Dartford
  • Slade Green to Gravesend

Ticket Acceptance:

You can use your ticket at no extra cost on the DLR between Lewisham and Greenwich.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Although journey planners are showing correctly, your journey may be subject to alteration at short notice due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Please check before your journey.

You can plan your journey on Docklands Light Railway by using the Transport for London Journey Planner

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

For helpful advice if you need to travel on a rail replacement service, including accessibility and bicycle information, please use this page.

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages.

Date:
26 February - 6 June 2021 11:59 PM

Routes affected:
Grand Central between Sunderland / Bradford Interchange and London Kings Cross Great Northern between Kings Lynn / Ely and London Kings Cross Hull Trains between London Kings Cross and Hull LNER between Aberdeen / Edinburgh / Newcastle / York / Leeds / Doncaster and London Kings Cross Thameslink between Cambridge and London Kings Cross

Engineering work, part of the East Coast Upgrade, is continuing at London Kings Cross until Sunday 6 June.

Major closures of London Kings Cross station will take place during this period:


On all other dates, engineering work will be taking place that may affect your journey. Please check before you travel.

A summary of the work can be found below, with more specific details being provided from each train operating company:

Daily until Thursday 22 April:

A temporary reduced timetable will operate to / from London Kings Cross. 

Weekends:

LNER will run a reduced timetable to / from London Kings Cross, with trains diverting and extending journey times by up to 15 minutes. Trains departing London Kings Cross will start earlier than usual. Trains between London Kings Cross and Leeds will run hourly. Other LNER services will be amended to start at / terminate at Peterborough instead of London Kings Cross.

No LNER trains will run to and from Lincoln on Sundays.

Monday to Friday:

Grand Central will be running a reduced timetable.

From 12 April Hull Trains will run an amended and reduced timetable. Hull Trains services before 12 April are suspended because of Covid-19.

LNER will running three trains per hour to / from London Kings Cross, with other services running to / from Peterborough instead of London Kings Cross, or cancelled throughout.

Friday 23 April:

No trains will run to or from London Kings Cross.

Saturday 24 to Sunday 25 April:

No trains will run to or from London Kings Cross, Moorgate or London St Pancras International via Finsbury Park. 

More information on this closure is available here.

Monday 26 April to Thursday 3 June:

A temporary reduced timetable will operate to and from London Kings Cross. 

Friday 4 June:

No trains will run to / from London Kings Cross or London St Pancras International via Finsbury Park from the early afternoon.

Engineering work is also taking place just north of Peterborough. Many customers will need to use a rail replacement bus for part of their journey. 

Saturday 5 to Sunday 6 June:

No trains will run to / from London Kings Cross or London St Pancras International via Finsbury Park.

No trains will run between Grantham and Peterborough, due to the work taking place north of Peterborough. Rail replacement buses may be required for part of your journey. 

More information on this closure will be published here closer to the time.

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

You can find the location of your bus replacement by typing in your station here

Bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time, unless fully folded. More travel advice for your replacement bus journey is available by selecting the Train Operating Company you are travelling with here.

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