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Network Rail is about to begin a major four-year package of work to modernise 1980s track and signalling on the lines into London Victoria station.
The upgrades will improve reliability on the network, helping even more passenger and freight trains arrive at their destinations on time.
This phase of work, to take place at weekends between London Victoria, Clapham Junction and Balham, and the West London Lines from Clapham to Shepherds Bush, will get fully underway this month and will continue until after Christmas 2022.
Upgrades between Tulse Hill, Peckham Rye and Crystal Palace, and between Nunhead, Herne Hill and the Battersea area will follow between 2022 and 2025.
Shaun King, route director, Sussex said: “It’s vital that we continue to modernise the rail network so that we can build back better, stronger and more reliable than ever before for passengers and freight users.
“Much of the track and signalling in South London is more than 40 years old and it’s also some of the most intensively used in the country.
“The work we are doing on the lines into Victoria over the next few years will keep passengers moving safely and reliably long into the future.”
Southern Customer Services Director Chris Fowler said: “The route to Victoria is one of our busiest and a signal failure or track fault here creates delays across the south east. That’s why we welcome Network Rail’s initiative and will support them by altering our train service and arranging alternative transport each weekend their engineers are working.”
Keeping passengers moving
Passengers travelling on affected routes are advised to check before travelling at weekends and bank holidays.
On the following dates, no trains will run between Victoria-East Croydon. Most trains will be diverted to London Bridge. A limited rail replacement bus service will run between East Croydon and Clapham Junction for local journeys.
Rail tickets will be accepted on London Underground services between London Victoria and London Bridge and Balham and on London Buses between Balham and Streatham Hill. Tickets will also be valid on South Western Railway services between Clapham Junction and London Waterloo.
*Additional weekend working will be required to support the work. Further dates to follow when confirmed.
What’s being delivered in this phase of works – between London Victoria, Clapham Junction and Balham, and the West London Lines from Clapham to Shepherds Bush
You can learn more about the project at networkrail.co.uk/Victoriaresignalling
Photo credit: Network Rail
This article first appeared on www.railengineer.co.uk
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