Major rail disruption this August bank holiday

The £6 billion project is expected to be completed in 2018 Pic: Wikipedia

Rail passengers will face major disruption this August bank holiday with hundreds of Southeastern trains cancelled as Network Rail carries out its £6 billion pound engineering project.

There will be no Southeastern trains to or from London Bridge, Waterloo East, and Charing Cross from Saturday August 26 to Saturday September 2 due to the Thameslink Programme.

The project, which is expected to be completed next year, will provide more modern and longer trains between a wider range of stations between north and south London.

On the weekend August 26-27 there will also be no Southeastern trains to or from Cannon Street and Blackfriars.

Mark Carne, Network Rail Chief Executive, said the works will provide “170,000 new seats for the daily commute into London”. He also warned the public to plan ahead for the reduced services.

Carne added that more than 17,000 people would be employed by Network Rail over the bank holiday weekend to work on Crossrail and the Thameslink programme.

According to Network Rail, the combined extra rail capacity could take more than 140,000 cars off the road.

The worst disruptions will be felt throughout the month by commuters into Waterloo. The station has nearly half its platforms closed until August 28.

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