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South London rail passengers urged to plan ahead for late May bank holiday travel

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Rail passengers wanting to travel over the Late May Bank Holiday are urged to plan their journeys upfront and travel at quieter occasions the place attainable. Works will happen at Falcon Junction close to Clapham and at Balham Junction.

This part of labor, to happen between London Victoria, Clapham Junction and Balham, and the West London Lines from Clapham to Shepherds Bush, will proceed till after Christmas 2022.

Over the Late May Bank Holiday and June, the monitor, switches and crossing at Falcon Junction close to Clapham, and Balham Junction shall be renewed, offering higher, extra dependable journeys on the railway. The monitor drainage within the space may even be improved which is able to assist to cut back irritating disruptions.

Preparation works for the brand new signalling will proceed together with laying new signalling cables and setting up the foundations for new sign gantries between Balham and Clapham. Improved signalling means extra dependable journeys for passengers in addition to introducing larger functionality into the community so extra trains can run in future.

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On the next dates, no trains will run between Victoria and East Croydon, with most being diverted to London Bridge: Saturday, May 22 to Sunday, May 23. Saturday, May 29 to Monday, May 31 (Bank Holiday). Sunday, June 6 and Sunday, 27.

Work continues to remodel Gatwick Airport station. Foundation work for a brand new station concourse main into the airport, new lifts, escalators and stairs and a brand new again of home constructing is essentially full. The refurbishment of the present station concourse can be beneath manner, beginning with the revamp of the Gatwick Airport South Terminal hyperlink span to the North Terminal and rail station over bridges.

These works will make journeys simpler for all passengers who use the station and help individuals with diminished mobility.

Shaun King, route director for Sussex mentioned: “The upgrades over the bank holiday weekend are a significant step in direction of us having the ability to present higher, smoother and extra dependable journeys for passengers. While a lot of the community is open for enterprise, there’ll nonetheless be some adjustments to companies, so please do verify earlier than you travel.”

Chris Fowler, Customer Services Director for Southern, mentioned: “We’ve been working carefully with Network Rail and different transport operators to be certain that our prospects can get the place you want to be throughout this very important modernisation programme. As extra individuals return to the railway, we’d advise everybody to use our on-line instruments to plan your route upfront, verify that are the busiest companies and keep away from them for those who can.

“You can relaxation assured we’re working around the clock to preserve trains and stations clear and secure – please bear in mind you continue to want to wash your arms typically, and put on a face protecting.”

Passengers can learn how their journeys shall be affected with their practice operator, by way of National Rail Enquiries, or by following #MayBHWorks on Twitter.