Bahn bosses warn of delays due to Christmas maintenance work

Rail users have been warned to plan ahead to avoid disruption from construction work in October, November and Christmas.

Services between London Victoria and East Croydon are to be scrapped and the Gatwick Express suspended for a few weekends before work begins over the Christmas period.

The closures will affect a number of weekends in the coming months. Passengers were told to expect delays and to plan ahead to ensure they arrive at their destinations on time.

Network Rail Senior Project Manager Kristine Harris said: “This Christmas our teams will be testing and commissioning the new signaling system before commuters return in January.

Construction works will affect rail traffic in October and November.The track work will take place on three different weekends

“We know there is never a good time to close the railroad, but by working 10 consecutive days over the holidays when routes are significantly quieter, we can complete the work faster and reopen the railroads on time.”

The technical work will take place over several weekends, including:

• Saturday 15th October and Sunday 16th October.

• Saturday 29th October and Sunday 30th October.

• Saturday 26th November and Sunday 27th November.

• Sunday 25 December to Tuesday 3 January.

Passengers are advised to use the Thameslink and Southern services to London Bridge and London Blackfriars on the affected weekends.

Rail chiefs say the engineering work will aim to create faster and more reliable train services between London and the south coast.

Maintenance work is often scheduled over the Christmas period to minimize disruption to rail users.

Chris Fowler, Customer Service Manager at Southern Railway said: “We really appreciate our customers’ patience while Network Rail implements these important improvement programs. The result is faster, more reliable journeys to and from Victoria, and a more comfortable experience in the station itself.

“We advise people to check travel planners in advance and, for those traveling to and from central London, use London Bridge or Blackfriars and their tube links to Victoria if required.” Bahn bosses warn of delays due to Christmas maintenance work

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