Delays in reopening rail line between Brixton and Beckenham Junction


Network Rail has warned it will not be able to reopen the railway line between Brixton and Beckenham Junction this morning as planned after it was closed for nine days to replace Penge Tunnel tracks.

Affected line – overlay on London Rail Map

The work required the replacement of railway ballast and tracks, and they had problems due to the narrowness of the tunnel as it was built in 1863 when train carriages were smaller. They also had to use specially adapted shorter sleepers to fit the tunnel.

The work was due to be completed this weekend and the line reopened this morning.

However, a damaged cable was found inside the tunnel as the project team carried out overnight checks. Network Rail says they are working to resolve this as soon as possible, but in the meantime no trains can run between Shortlands and Victoria, via Penge East or Herne Hill in the morning.

In addition to the damaged cable that was identified overnight, they need to complete other outstanding work during the week, which will be done overnight when trains are not running.

However, this will result in changes to South East services until Monday August 8, and some stations will have less frequent service.

The stations below will have two trains per hour to London Victoria via Herne Hill at peak times, stopping service reduced to four per hour:

  • Brixton
  • West Dulwich
  • Sydenham Hill
  • short lands and
  • Bromley South (Please note that some fast trains between Bromley South and London Victoria will depart two minutes earlier than normal times)

The following stations will have three trains per hour at peak times to London Victoria, stopping service reduced to four per hour. Off peak it will be one train per hour instead of two:

Penge tunnel (c) Rail network

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