Track being replaced near Lewisham station

Track being replaced near Lewisham station

Two key railway junctions are being upgraded between St Johns and Lewisham from Christmas Day (Friday 25 December 2020) through to Tuesday 29 December 2020, and from New Year’s Day (Friday 1 January 2021) to Sunday 3 January 2021.

The work will see the replacement of 2.5km of track which will be laid on 7,500 tonnes of ballast and 1460 sleepers. A number of sets of switches, crossings, and points in the area will also be renewed as part of an investment programme to replace ageing 1970s infrastructure with more reliable equipment.

Changes to some services which travel through Lewisham

During the work, there will be no trains between Lewisham and Hayes. There will also be changes to some services on the January dates between Cannon Street and Lewisham, and via Greenwich to Dartford.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Replacement buses will be in operation and tickets are being accepted via alternative routes.

If you are going to be travelling with us over the holiday period then please check journey planners before you travel.

Work will reduce delays from infrastructure

This project is part of a major investment programme to replace ageing 1970s infrastructure across the South East rail network with new, more reliable equipment that will help to reduce delays.

Recently there has been a 30% reduction in the number of signalling, track and other infrastructure faults in the wider Lewisham area. However, because the area is so busy and congested, with more than half of all Southeastern trains travelling through it, even minor incidents can have a major knock on impact.

This work will help improve the long-term reliability of the infrastructure and mean more trains travelling on time.