Engineering work on May Bank holiday weekend means changes to Southern and Gatwick Express services

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Sussex rail passengers over the May Bank Holiday face major changes to the service due to engineering work.

Network Rail’s engineering work this May Day Bank Holiday weekend (April 30 to May 2) is concentrated in south London, as a project to improve signalling takes place on the Brighton Main Line in the Streatham area.

The work which takes place between Balham and Norbury means that there will be major changes to Southern services to and from Victoria on Saturday and Monday, with most Southern services being diverted to run to and from London Bridge instead.

On Sunday, Network Rail will be carrying out work in the Battersea area as well, so there will be no Southern services at all to or from Victoria.

For all three days, there will be no Gatwick Express services, although Gatwick will be well served by London Bridge.

A Southern spokesperson said: “This is another crucial piece of engineering work which will help us to run our trains on a more reliable railway. Unfortunately, it does mean that some of our passengers will need to alter their journeys over the weekend, but we have ensured they will be able to get to their destinations by optimising the use of London Bridge and Blackfriars.

“While the work takes place, our message to passengers is to plan your journey by checking before you travel with National Rail Enquiries.”

The changes in full:

Saturday 30 April 2016 and Monday 2 May 2016

A reduced service will run from London Victoria as follows:

2 trains per hour from London Victoria to East Grinstead.

2 trains per hour from London Victoria to Caterham (via Norwood Junction).

1 train per hour from London Victoria to Dorking (via Crystal Palace / Sutton).

1 train per hour from London Victoria to Epsom (via Crystal Palace / Sutton).

London Victoria to Portsmouth Harbour / Southampton Central / Littlehampton / Eastbourne / Ore trains will be diverted to start from London Bridge.

London Victoria to Reigate / Tonbridge services will operate between Reigate and Tonbridge.

No services will operate between London Victoria and Brighton. A service will operate between London Bridge and Brighton early in the morning and evenings only.

London Bridge to Tattenham Corner services will be diverted to travel via Peckham Rye / Crystal Palace calling at all stations.

London Bridge to Beckenham Junction services will not run.

London Bridge to Uckfield services will not run.

London Bridge to London Victoria services will not run.

A rail replacement bus service will operate:

Balham to East Croydon (via Streatham Common / West Croydon)

Tulse Hill to Sutton (via Mitcham Junction)

Oxted to Uckfield

Ticket acceptance will be provided on the following routes:

London Underground - London Victoria to Blackfriars / London Bridge.

Thameslink - Blackfriars / London Bridge to Brighton

Tramlink - East Croydon to Beckenham Junction

Sunday 1 May 2016

No train services will operate from London Victoria / Battersea Park.

A reduced service will operate from Clapham Junction:-

2 trains per hour from Clapham Junction to Dorking (via Crystal Palace / Sutton)

2 trains per hour from Clapham Junction to Caterham (via Norwood Junction)

London Victoria to Brighton / Portsmouth Harbour / Ore / Bognor Regis trains will be diverted to run from London Bridge.

London Bridge to East Croydon (via Streatham) services will be diverted to travel via Crystal Palace.

London Bridge to Tonbridge services will operate Redhill to Tonbridge.

London Bridge to West Croydon services will not run.

London Bridge to Crystal Palace (via Peckham Rye) services will not run.

A rail replacement bus service will operate:

Balham to East Croydon (via Streatham Common / West Croydon)

Tulse Hill to Sutton (via Mitcham Junction)

Ticket acceptance will be provided on the following routes:

London Underground - London Victoria to Blackfrairs / London Bridge.

Thameslink - Blackfriars / London Bridge to Brighton

Passengers are advised to check before they travel with National Rail Enquiries.

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