Network Rail will be replacing a 130-year-old bridge at Catford, South East London, as part of its programme of engineering works this August Bank Holiday, which will affect some journeys in Kent and South East London.

It was constructed around 1890 and strengthened in 1916. Freight trains are currently subject to a 15mph speed restriction over the bridge due to its condition, so it has to be replaced to avoid further speed restrictions and disruption to services in the future.

In addition, engineers will also be replacing points at a very busy junction near Crayford. This was originally installed as part of wartime resilience for the railway, and it is now one of the busiest on Southeastern’s metro network, linking Sidcup with Dartford. Replacing the points there will help improve reliability for passengers across the area.

The work will take place between Saturday 29 August and Monday 31 August, and passengers are urged to check before they travel.

Fiona Taylor, Network Rail’s route director for Kent, said: “We know there is never a good time to close the railway, but the replacement of these life expired assets is vital to improve the reliability of journeys for our passengers.”

While the railway is closed, additional work will be completed between Nunhead and Shortlands, including embankment work, track work and work at Beckenham Hill station.

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