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It’s always worth checking your route before you travel on any mode of transport. Things can change in a moment, especially in severe weather, and the unforeseen delays are usually the trickiest to clear due to the simple fact they can’t be planned for. But with our up-to-the-minute bulletin board below, you can at least plan around them.

Service Disruptions

Last update: 24/06/2017 22:47

Disruption at Lewisham until approximately 23:45
Incident created24/06/2017 22:19
Last updated24/06/2017 22:40
Route affected

All routes through Lewisham

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Train operator affected Southeastern Trains
Description

Due to signalling problems at Lewisham:

Train services running through this station may be delayed by up to 30 minutes or revised. Disruption is expected until 23:45.

What's happened?
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A signalling problem was reported outside Lewisham, which meant that some routes are not available to our trains. Response staff have resolved the issue, and all lines are now open again.

How does this affect my journey?
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If your train runs through or past Lewisham, it may have been delayed up to 25 minutes, and could be revised at short notice. If it is revised it might not be able to call at all stations, diverted via an alternative route or may not run the full length of the planned journey.

What do I need to do?
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You can use your tickets on the Docklands Light Railway for travel between Lewisham, Greenwich and Woolwich.

Twitter:
If you would like to follow this incident on Twitter, please use #Lewisham

Check before you travel:
Please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner to check your journey before you travel.

Compensation:
You may be entitled to compensation if you experience a delay in completing your journey today. Please keep your train ticket and make a note of your journey, as both will be required to support any claim.

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Disruption between Motspur Park and Chessington South expected until the end of the day
Incident created24/06/2017 21:53
Last updated24/06/2017 22:14
Route affected

Between London Waterloo and Chessington South

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Train operator affected Southwest Trains
Description

A signalling problem between Motspur Park and Chessington South is causing disruption to trains between these stations. Trains may be delayed, cancelled or diverted. Disruption is expected to continue until the end of the day.

You may use your ticket on London Buses between Surbiton and Chessington South

Twitter:
If you would like to follow this incident on Twitter, please use #ChessingtonSouth

Check before you travel:
Please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner to check your journey before you travel.

Compensation:
You may be entitled to compensation if you experience a delay in completing your journey today. Please keep your train ticket and make a note of your journey, as both will be required to support any claim.

Feedback:
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Disruption to London Midland services in the Worcester area expected until the end of the day
Incident created24/06/2017 18:22
Last updated24/06/2017 21:39
Route affected

Between Hereford / Great Malvern / Worcester Foregate Street / Worcester Shrub Hill and Birmingham New Street / Whitlocks End / Dorridge

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Train operator affected London Midland
Description

An operational incident at Worcester Foregate Street earlier today has resulted in disruption to London Midland trains in the Worcester area. Services may be delayed by up to 20 minutes or cancelled.

The 22:33 Dorridge to Worcester Shrub Hill will be replaced by a bus calling at all stations. Customers from Birmingham Snow Hill to stations towards Stourbridge Junction should travel on the 23:23 departure from Birmingham Snow Hill to Stourbridge Junction, which will connect with a bus forward to Worcester Shrub Hill.

Disruption is expected to continue until the end of the day.

Customer Advice:

You may use your ticket on Great Western Railway services between Hereford and Worcester Shrub Hill.

Twitter:
If you would like to follow this incident on Twitter, please use #Worcester

Check before you travel:
Please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner to check your journey before you travel.

Compensation:
You may be entitled to compensation if you experience a delay in completing your journey today. Please keep your train ticket and make a note of your journey, as both will be required to support any claim.

Feedback:
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Disruption through Woking expected until end of service
Incident created24/06/2017 16:27
Last updated24/06/2017 19:52
Route affected

Between London Waterloo and Haslemere / Portsmouth & Southsea  / Salisbury / Exeter St Davids / Basingstoke / Weymouth / Alton / Portsmouth Harbour / Woking / Fratton.

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Train operator affected Southwest Trains
Description

A trespass incident between Woking and Weybridge has now been resolved, allowing lines to reopen.

Trains through Woking may be cancelled, revised or delayed by up to 40 minutes whilst services return to normal.

Disruption expected to continue until end of service.

Twitter:
If you would like to follow this incident on Twitter, please use #Woking

Check before you travel:
Please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner to check your journey before you travel.

Compensation:
You may be entitled to compensation if you experience a delay in completing your journey today. Please keep your train ticket and make a note of your journey, as both will be required to support any claim.

Feedback:
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Industrial action announced affecting Merseyrail on 8, 10 and 23 July
Incident created23/06/2017 20:12
Last updated23/06/2017 21:37
Route affected

Various Merseyrail routes

Train operator affected Mersyrail
Description

The RMT union have announced that their members working for Merseyrail are planning to take industrial action on Saturday 8 July, Monday 10 July and Sunday 23 July.

This industrial action scheduled for 8 July may affect those planning to attend the British Style Collective Clothes Show in Liverpool.

The industrial action scheduled for 23 July coincides with the final day of The Open Golf at Royal Birkdale and may cause significant disruption to those planning to attend.

A statement from Merseyrail can be found here.

Twitter:
If you would like to follow this incident on Twitter, please use #MerseyrailDispute

Industrial action announced affecting Northern from Saturday 8 July until Monday 10 July
Incident created23/06/2017 20:03
Last updated23/06/2017 20:37
Route affected

Various Northern routes

Train operator affected Northernrail
Description

The RMT union have announced that their members working for Northern are planning to take industrial action.

The industrial action will commence at the start of service on Saturday 8 July and finish at the end of service on Monday 10 July.

Northern will be operating a reduced service and expect services that do run to be busy. Customers are advised to give themselves more time to travel and to consider whether their journey is necessary.

For more information, please see Northern's website.

Twitter:
If you would like to follow this incident on Twitter, please use #NorthernDispute
Industrial action announced affecting Southern and Gatwick Express from Thursday 29 June onwards
Incident created19/06/2017 11:36
Last updated23/06/2017 20:00
Route affected

Southern routes;
Gatwick Express between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport / Brighton

Train operator affected Gatwick Express; Southern Rail
Description

The ASLEF union have announced their train driver members working for Southern and Gatwick Express will be introducing an overtime ban. This will begin at 00:01 on Thursday 29 June and will continue until further notice. Thameslink services will be unaffected.

Travel advice from Southern and Gatwick Express for the affected days is available here

In addition to the above, the RMT union have announced a new 24 hour strike between 00:01 and 23:59 on Monday 10 July. Information on how this may affect your journey will be published here as soon as it becomes available.

Twitter:
If you would like to follow this incident on Twitter, please use #SouthernDispute

National Rail Enquiries

Current Engineering Work

Last update: 24/06/2017 22:47

Buses replace trains between Streatham / West Croydon and Sutton on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June
Start date24/06/2017
End date25/06/2017
Route affected

Between London Victoria and Epsom / Sutton / Dorking

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Train operator affected Southern Rail
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Streatham / West Croydon and Sutton, closing all lines.

Buses will replace trains between West Croydon and Sutton and also between Streatham and Epsom (buses will run via both Mitcham Junction and Streatham Common).

Trains that usually run between London Bridge and West Croydon via Streatham Common will be amended to run between London Bridge and East Croydon.

An amended service will run between Epsom and Horsham / Dorking.

Ticket acceptance:

You may use South West Trains services between Epsom and Dorking.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Buses replace trains between West Croydon and Epsom Downs on Saturday 24 June
Start date24/06/2017
End date24/06/2017
Route affected

Between London Victoria and Epsom Downs

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Train operator affected Southern Rail
Description

Engineering work is taking place between West Croydon and Epsom, closing all lines.

Buses will replace trains between West Croydon and Epsom Downs.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Buses replace trains between Hereford and Shrewsbury on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June
Start date24/06/2017
End date25/06/2017
Route affected

Trains between Milford Haven / Carmarthen / Cardiff Central and Crewe / Manchester Piccadilly and also between Maesteg and Holyhead / Shrewsbury

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Train operator affected Arriva Trains Wales
Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Hereford and Shrewsbury, closing both lines.

All weekend, buses replace trains between Hereford and Shrewsbury.

Journey times will be extended by up to 60 minutes.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Amended late night service between Evesham and Worcester Shrub Hill on Saturday 24 June
Start date24/06/2017
End date24/06/2017
Route affected

Between Evesham and Worcester Shrub Hill

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Train operator affected First Great Western
Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Pershore and Great Malvern, closing the line from approximately 23:30.

The 23:30 Evesham to Worcester Shrub Hill service will not run. Passengers are advised to use the 21:48 London Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill service, departing Evesham at 23:51.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Amended service between London Paddington and Didcot Parkway from 23:30 on Saturday 24 and all day Sunday 25 June
Start date24/06/2017
End date25/06/2017
Route affected

Between London Paddington and Twyford / Reading / Didcot Parkway / Oxford

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Train operator affected First Great Western
Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Tilehurst and Didcot Parkway, closing 2 out of 4 lines.

Saturday from approximately 22:30 until 08:30 on Sunday morning

Late night trains between London Paddington and Oxford / Didcot Parkway will use alternative platforms at Cholsey, Goring & Streatley and Tilehurst. Trains will not call at Pangbourne. Connecting bus services will run between Tilehurst and Pangbourne.

Some trains between London Paddington and Oxford / Twyford will not call at Burnham and Taplow. Passengers should change at Slough for a connecting bus service to these stations. There will also be a bus from Burnham and Taplow to connect with trains at Slough.

Please note that there is no scheduled service at Taplow on a Sunday.

Sunday morning until 08:30

Trains between London Paddington and Slough may be re-timed to depart up to 5 minutes later or earlier than usual.

Late evening on Sunday from 20:45

Some trains between London Paddington and Oxford / Didcot Parkway will not call at Pangbourne. Connecting bus services will run between Tilehurst and Pangbourne.

Some local services between London Paddington and Twyford / Reading / Oxford / Newbury will not call at Burnham. Customers should travel via Slough to connect with bus replacement services to / from Burnham.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

This is the biggest investment in the Great Western railway since Brunel built it more than 150 years ago. Modernising the route will improve the experience of everyone who uses it and stimulate economic growth in the South West and beyond.

The electrification of one of Britain's oldest and busiest railways will provide greener, more reliable journeys and improve connections across southern England and South Wales: London and Bristol, including Cardiff, Newbury and Oxford.

Amended East Midlands Trains service to and from London St Pancras International on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June
Start date24/06/2017
End date25/06/2017
Route affected

East Midlands Trains between Sheffield / Nottingham / Derby and London St Pancras International

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Train operator affected East Midlands Trains
Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work at various locations on the route to and from London St Pancras International, closing some lines.

On Saturday, some services will be slightly re-timed to depart earlier or later than the usual timetable.

On Sunday, all services will be re-timed and some trains will not run.

The 07:29, 08:22 and 09:20 Nottingham to London St Pancras International services will be replaced by buses between Nottingham and East Midlands Parkway.

The 08:18 Sheffield to London St Pancras International service will be replaced by a bus between Sheffield and Derby.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Amended service between Sheffield and Barnsley / Rotherham Central / Doncaster from approximately 23:00 on Saturday 24 and all day on Sunday 25 June
Start date24/06/2017
End date25/06/2017
Route affected

CrossCountry between Guildford / Reading / Birmingham New Street and Newcastle / Edinburgh

Northern between Sheffield and Huddersfield / Barnsley / Leeds / Rotherham Central / Doncaster / Goole / Hull / Bridlington / Scarborough

TransPennine Express between Manchester Airport and Cleethorpes

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Train operator affected CrossCountry Trains; First transPennine Express; Northernrail
Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Sheffield and Meadowhall, closing various lines.

On Saturday night from approximately 23:00

  • Buses will replace late night trains between Sheffield and Barnsley
  • Trains between Sheffield and Leeds (via Moorthorpe) / Doncaster will be diverted via Rotherham Central, not calling at Meadowhall

On Sunday until approximately 11:30

  • Trains between Sheffield and Leeds (via Moorthorpe) will be diverted via Rotherham Central, not calling at Meadowhall
  • Trains between Sheffield and Leeds (via Barnsley) will be replaced by buses between Sheffield and Barnsley
  • Trains between Manchester Airport and Cleethorpes will be diverted and not call at Meadowhall
  • CrossCountry services will be retimed between Sheffield and Leeds / Doncaster

On Sunday after approximately 11:30

  • Buses will run between Sheffield and Rotherham Central, extending journey times by up to 15 minutes
  • Trains between Sheffield and Doncaster will be re-timed to run up to 5 minutes earlier than usual and will be subject to some diversions
  • CrossCountry services will be retimed between Sheffield and Leeds / Doncaster

Ticket acceptance:

TransPennine Express customers should change at Sheffield for frequent Supertram services to Meadowhall. A separate ticket will be required for this journey.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

You can plan your journey on Sheffield Supertram by using their Journey Planner

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Reduced service between Bromley North and Grove Park on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June
Start date24/06/2017
End date25/06/2017
Route affected

Between Bromley North and Grove Park

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Train operator affected Southeastern Trains
Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between London Charing Cross and London Bridge, closing all lines.

As a result of this, trains to and from London are running to an amended timetable. As some of these services run via Grove Park, the service between Bromley North and Grove Park will also be affected.

A half hourly service will run, leaving Bromley North at 20 and 50 minutes past the hour. Trains will leave Grove Park at 5 and 35 minutes past the hour.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

No trains to or from London Charing Cross on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June
Start date24/06/2017
End date25/06/2017
Route affected

All routes to and from London Charing Cross

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Train operator affected Southeastern Trains
Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between London Charing Cross and London Bridge, closing all lines.

Trains will not run between London Charing Cross and London Bridge all weekend.

London Charing Cross - Sevenoaks, Orpington, Tunbridge Wells, Hastings, Dover Priory and Ramsgate

A half hourly service will run between London Cannon Street and Sevenoaks, calling at New Cross, St Johns, Lewisham, then all stations to Sevenoaks.

A half hourly service will run between London Cannon Street and Hastings, calling at Orpington, Sevenoaks, Hildenborough, Tonbridge, then all stations to Hastings.

Trains between London Charing Cross and Dover Priory / Ramsgate will be amended to run between London Cannon Street and Dover Priory / Ramsgate. Services will run non stop between London Cannon Street and Sevenoaks, then as booked.

London Charing Cross - Hayes

On Saturday, a reduced service will run to and from Hayes and journeys will be amended to start / terminate at London Cannon Street.

On Sunday, services will run between London Cannon Street and Hayes as normal.

London Charing Cross - Dartford, Gravesend and Gillingham

Saturday

A half hourly service will run between London Cannon Street and Dartford, calling at all stations via Greenwich.

Half hourly services will run between London Cannon Street and Dartford and between London Cannon Street and Gravesend, calling at New Cross, St Johns, Lewisham, then as booked from Hither Green.

A half hourly service will run between London Cannon Street and Gillingham, calling at New Cross, Lewisham, Blackheath, then as booked.

Sunday

As a result of further engineering work in the Dartford area, buses are replacing trains between Slade Green / Crayford and Dartford.

Trains will run between London Cannon Street and Slade Green / Crayford / Barnehurst via Bexleyheath.

A half hourly service will run between Dartford and Gillingham.

Ticket acceptance:

To help complete your journey, you may use London Underground services on any reasonable route and Docklands Light Railway services between Lewisham and Greenwich.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey on London Underground and Docklands Light Railway by using the Transport for London Journey Planner

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Major engineering work at London Bridge until January 2018
Start date05/01/2015
End date31/01/2018
Route affected

All routes via London Bridge

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Train operator affected Southeastern Trains
Description

As part of the government sponsored Thameslink Programme, Network Rail is rebuilding London Bridge mainline rail station to provide more space, improved connections to more destinations and more reliable services. The rail and tube station will remain open during the work.

Long term changes

Significant work affecting London stations will take place over the August 2017 bank holiday and the four working days after (26 August - 2 September), as well as over Christmas and New Year 2017/8.

Trains will be severely impacted over this time and you will need to change your journey so we ask you to keep this in mind when booking holidays and planning ahead.

More information will be released when available, including travel advice.

Further information


Travelling at the weekend

Throughout the programme, different services will be impacted on some weekends and bank holidays, for the latest information visit www.nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/currentAndFuture 

On some weekends, particularly on Sundays, Waterloo East, London Bridge, London Charing Cross and / or London Cannon Street stations will be closed or have very limited services. Please use the Journey Planner to see the full impact on your journey.

During periods of time when London Charing Cross / London Cannon Street are closed, you'll be able to use your ticket on selective alternative routes to complete your journey at no extra charge. For full details visit Southeastern. Please note the ticket acceptance detailed for weekend engineering work may differ from the Monday to Friday Thameslink Programme ticket acceptance outlined below.

Longer term changes

Thameslink services which run through central London will not call at London Bridge, however there will be a limited service between London Bridge and Brighton.

Southeastern

Until January 2018

Most trains to and from London Charing Cross will be able to stop at London Bridge again, although there will continue to be some changes during weekday peak periods (see below)

Trains to and from London Cannon Street will no longer be able to stop at London Bridge.

During this time, it is recommended that you consider changing your normal journey to work as the number of trains running will be reduced and are likely to be very busy.

Weekday peak hour services to and from London Charing Cross / Waterloo East

Trains FROM London Charing Cross and Waterloo East will not be able stop at London Bridge between 08:04 and 09:17

Trains TO Waterloo East and London Charing Cross will not be able to stop at London Bridge between 16:37 and 18:03

During these times, you'll be able to use the alternative routes to complete your journey as detailed below

For a full list of major service changes visit key dates and service changes.

Planning your Journey

For full details of these changes and the impact on your journey, please use the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Alternative routes and travel advice

The impact on your journey will depend on the particular services that you currently use to get to and from London Bridge and what alternatives exist. Travel advice is as follows:

  • Change the train you catch from your home station to go direct to your national rail destination. For example switching from a London Charing Cross service to a London Cannon Street service. This may involve shifting the time that you travel, but in many cases only by a few minutes
  • If getting a different train from home is not possible, we advise you to change trains en route outside London, for example at Lewisham, Orpington, Sevenoaks or Hither Green, to get to your final destination

If you are unable to complete your journey by interchanging on National Rail services outside London, you may need to use TfL services, if you have a Travelcard you may choose to use other routes.

The accepted routes are:

  • London Charing Cross, Embankment, Blackfriars, Cannon Street, London Bridge, Southwark, Waterloo and Elephant & Castle underground stations
  • Between London Bridge and Waterloo/Southwark on the Jubilee line and on buses 381 and RV1 between London Bridge and Waterloo
  • Between London Bridge and Charing Cross on the Jubilee/Bakerloo/Northern lines and on buses 15 and RV1 between London Bridge and Charing Cross
  • Between London Cannon Street and Charing Cross/Embankment on the District/Circle lines and on bus 15 between Cannon Street and Charing Cross
  • Between Elephant & Castle and London Bridge on the Northern line and on buses 35, 40, 133 and 343 between Elephant & Castle and London Bridge
  • Between Blackfriars and London Bridge via Embankment and Waterloo and on buses 17 (from Blackfriars north entrance) or 381 and RV1 (from Blackfriars south entrance) between Blackfriars and London Bridge
  • Between Cannon Street and London Bridge on District/Circle/Northern lines
  • Between Cannon Street and London Bridge on bus services 17 and 521
  • Greenwich line passengers can use the DLR between Greenwich and Lewisham, changing there for a Southeastern service to London Bridge, or can use Southeastern services via Charlton

Thameslink passengers from the south of London (with a 'Thameslink only' ticket), whose final destination is currently London Bridge should change at Elephant & Castle or London Blackfriars for onward travel to London Bridge where tickets will be accepted on London Underground or eligible buses between Elephant & Castle and London Bridge and between Blackfriars and London Bridge. These recommended routes are shown here.

Southern (and any permitted route) passengers who currently interchange onto National Rail services at London Bridge for travel to London Charing Cross or London Waterloo East should take London Underground or eligible bus services where their tickets will be accepted between London Bridge to Charing Cross or Waterloo / Southwark.

South West Trains passengers who currently interchange at London Waterloo East for London Bridge should take London Underground or eligible bus services between London Bridge and London Waterloo / Southwark where their tickets will be accepted. These recommended routes are shown here.

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