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Croydon rail commuters face severe disruption before Christmas, into the New Year - and until 2018!

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IMPROVEMENTS being made to London Bridge Station will once again mean misery for commuters this winter - and beyond.

Following on from similar delays in August, the timetable between London and the south coast will be subject to severe delays - with many regular services not running at all.

The disruption, announced today (Tuesday) by rail firm Govia will be as follows:

December 20 to 4 January 2015: No Southern or Thameslink trains will stop at London Bridge. There will also be changes to other services, including Southern and Gatwick Express services to Victoria and London Overground and Underground

December 22-24: During the morning peak, trains to Charing Cross will not call at London Bridge

January 2015 to 2018: No Bedford to Brighton cross-London Thameslink trains will call at London Bridge Station. A reduced service will run between Brighton and London Bridge in the off-peak and a very limited service will run in the peak

January 12, 2015 to August 2016: Some Southeastern trains to Charing Cross will not stop at London Bridge for 20 months. Some Southeastern stations will have all services diverted to Cannon Street, with no trains calling at Charing Cross or Waterloo.

The disruption all relates to major work being done to expand London Bridge Station, which is due to be completed in 2018.

Dave Ward, Network Rail route managing director, said: "When we've finished rebuilding London Bridge station in 2018, your journey will be more reliable than ever, with more spacious trains running at tube-like frequency into central London.

"We know that, in the meantime, our work may make your journey more difficult so thank you in advance for your understanding.

"Everyone's journey is different and will be affected in different ways at different times. There is no simple travel advice so please go online and plan your own route".

For full details of the changes to services, visit www.thameslinkrailway.com; www.southeasternrailway.co.uk; and www.southernrailway.com

Croydon rail commuters face severe disruption before Christmas, into the New Year - and until 2018!


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