Network Rail is set to continue modernising track and signalling on the lines into London Victoria station this May bank holiday weekend. The closure will prevent all train journeys between Victoria and East Croydon.
The upgrades, which first commenced in 2021, are meant to improve the reliability of the service by relocating signalling control from Clapham to Three Bridges Rail Operating Centre.
During the three-day weekend, most trains will be diverted to London Bridge. Limited rail replacement bus services will run between East Croydon or Balham and Clapham Junction.
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Tickets will be accepted on the following alternative routes:
South Western Railway between Clapham Junction / Vauxhall and London Waterloo
London Buses between:
London Victoria and Clapham Junction
Balham and Streatham Hill
Tube services between:
London Victoria and Balham / Clapham Junction / Vauxhall / London Bridge / Euston
London Bridge and Canada Water
London Overground between Canada Water and Clapham Junction / Crystal Palace / West Croydon and between Clapham Junction and Watford Junction via Willesden Junction
London Northwestern Railway between London Euston and Watford Junction / Milton Keynes Central
Network Rail’s route director for Sussex, Katie Frost, previously called the ongoing holiday closures the “least-worst option for everyone.” She said: “I realise this stretch of track seems to be closed a lot lately – but there’s a good reason for that. Major investment always means there is a degree of disruption while the work is done.
“The importance of the East Croydon to Victoria route with commuters means it’s a tough one for us to close outside of weekends and holidays, so this is the least-worst option for everyone.”
The £160million project is set to be completed after Christmas 2022. Upgrades between Tulse Hill, Peckham Rye and Crystal Palace as well as Herne Hill, Nunhead, and Battersea will follow between 2022 and 2025.
Planned and unplanned closures may affect alternative routes so passengers are urged to check every journey before travelling at nationalrail.co.uk .
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