Planned Improvements

Find out about engineering works and rail network improvements.

We and our partners at Network Rail are always working hard to maintain and improve the rail network. We try to keep disruption to a minimum by carrying out engineering works at the weekend or over holiday periods where we can, but this isn’t always possible.

If we need to close train lines for engineering works, we’ll provide buses to replace the affected trains. Watch out, though – other trains over a wider area may have to be changed as well. When planning your journey with South Western Railway it’s always a good idea to check our engineering calendar to see when engineering works are scheduled and how trains will be affected. Just select the date you’ll be travelling to see all the relevant information.

London Bridge works

The regeneration of London Bridge as part of the Thameslink Programme will continue to affect SouthEastern services through this station until 2018.

From Monday 29 August 2017 to January 2018 SouthEastern services from Cannon Street will not call at London Bridge. Most trains from Waterloo East and Charing Cross will be calling at London Bridge again, but trains leaving Charing Cross and Waterloo East between 08:04 and 09:17 and trains arriving at Charing Cross between 16:37 and 18:03 Monday to Friday will not stop at London Bridge until a further new platform is commissioned in 2017. You can find further details on the Thameslink Program website.

Overnight trains

Engineering works affect trains at night more than during the day. If you’re planning to travel after 23:00 or before 05:30 then check train times carefully, to make sure that you can complete your journey safely. Our Journey Planner is up-to-date with the latest engineering works and train changes to help you find the best route possible.

Unscheduled delays

Sometimes we have to alter trains at short notice for reasons beyond our control. Check out our live travel updates page for up-to-date information on any changes or cancellations.

National Rail Enquiries can provide you with detailed information about train delays and cancellations anywhere on the network. Call 0845 748 4950 or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk.

Luggage on replacement buses

If engineering works are affecting our trains then we may use replacement buses, or even taxis, to get you to your destination. Unfortunately there’s no room on replacement buses or taxis to carry prams, cycles or bulky luggage. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience.