Engineering work scheduled to take place at London rail stations is set to cause misery and mayhem for bank holiday travellers. Network Rails schedule of shutdowns over the next week will leave some London stations and rail lines without any service at all.
Londons, Waterloo, London Bridge, Charing Cross, Cannon Street, Liverpool Street, Euston and Paddington stations will either be shut or operating extremely reduced train timetables. Network Rail says Kings Cross, St Pancras, Marylebone and Victoria will be up and running but are likely to be inundated as travellers try to make their way in and out of London.
All the work is being carried out under a mammoth 133 million upgrade to improve the national rail network. The upgrades will mostly lengthen platforms for longer trains and thereby increase the passenger capacity of services on busy rail routes.
Network Rail CEO Mark Carne said the improvements would eventually increase the daily seating capacity of trains by 170,000. Network Rail has released specific details of the shutdowns. Euston will be totally shut tomorrow and Sunday and so will Cannon Street and Charing Cross.
Southeastern has cancelled trains from London Bridge to the likes of Tonbridge and Hastings between tomorrow and the 2 September. Platform closures at Waterloo will mean severe disruptions to South Western Railway trains for the duration of the bank holiday weekend.
Over in West London, services from Paddington to South Wales and Bristol are being diverted and substitute buses laid on to allow electrification work to be carried out near Bristol Parkway Station. Liverpool Street trains to Billericay and Barking will not be running on Sunday and Monday.