Bexleyheath Line Closure

Saturday 15 - Sunday 23 February 2020

There will also be changes to services on several weekends in 2020 – so don’t get caught out, plan ahead.

Network Rail will close the Bexleyheath line during February half term and over several weekends, to carry out major work to prevent landslips near Barnehurst.

There will be other changes to services on weekends during 2020. Some are still to be announced so don’t get caught out, plan ahead and check back regularly.

Keeping passengers moving during the closures

  • Trains will continue to run on the Woolwich and Sidcup lines and the Charlton to Blackheath link will remain open.
  • More services and longer trains will run on the lines that are open.
  • Replacement buses will be available.
  • Your rail ticket will be accepted for travel on rail replacement bus services and local TfL buses, which can be used to connect with rail services at other stations.
  • Your ticket will also be valid between North Greenwich and London Bridge on the Jubilee line.

Dates affected

Further planned weekend closures may affect:

  • 15-16 August 2020*
  • 3-4 October 2020*

*These dates are subject to change so please check back.

Map and line closure details

Map of the closed line showing Blackheath to Barnehurst in red.

By doing the work over a nine day closure, we can:

  • Reduce the risk of landslips on the line.
  • Reduce the amount of weekend closures on the railway.
  • Bring forward other work to reduce the need for future closures on the line.

What is the travel advice?

If you do wish to travel, we will ensure that you can, but please note you will need to allow extra time for your journey.

Please bear in mind that journeys may be more comfortable if setting off earlier, or later, than peak times.

Advice will vary depending on the journey you are making as shown below. If you are travelling on affected routes:

Frequent replacement bus services have been arranged to run on the following routes during the week and at weekends:

  • Bus Route 1

    Monday to Friday: Lewisham to Slade Green*
    Saturday and Sunday: Lewisham to Dartford
    *Buses do not call at Blackheath on Mondays to Fridays.

  • Bus Route 2

    Monday to Friday: Welling to Abbey Wood via Bexleyheath.

  • Bus Route 3

    Monday to Friday: Eltham to Welling via Mottingham and New Eltham.

Journey times will be extended but additional stops covered by these routes may be more appropriate for your onward journey.

Click here to plan your Southeastern journey.

Click here to plan your Thameslink journey.

You can check the timetable for the Sidcup/Woolwich lines and the bus replacement services here:

  • Book A: London to Dartford via Woolwich and Greenwich.
  • Book B: London to Dartford via Sidcup.
  • Book C: Bus replacement routes.

You can also download our leaflet with maps and full details of the replacement bus options here:
Bexleyheath Travel Advice Leaflet

How should I check my journey on the day of travel?

Information regarding any on-the-day disruption or unplanned alterations, including travel advice will be available via the following sources:

What compensation is available?

Delay Repay works as usual and will be based on the revised bus/train timetable that applies during the line closure, if your journey is delayed by 15 minutes or more.

I require travel assistance, what should I do?

Where replacement buses are running, the majority of these will be fully accessible to enable you to get to your destination. Staff will be readily available to assist you with your journey.

We recommend passengers let us know 24 hours before they plan to travel so we can be on hand to help and recommend the best route for you to take. Passengers can do this by filling in our assistance booking forms online at or

Alternatively you can call:

  • Southeastern on: 0800 783 4524 or Textphone on: 0800 783 4548.
  • Thameslink on: 0800 058 2844 or Textphone on: 0800 138 1018.

Why are there no published timetables for the bus services?

Times are shown in on-line journey planners to allow you to plan your journey. We advise you to arrive at your origin station in plenty of time for the departure time to allow you to board the next available bus.

Buses will operate every few minutes on some routes; the exact times may vary depending on demand and traffic conditions on the day.

Can I take my bicycle on replacement buses?

It will not be possible to take non-folding bicycles on rail replacement buses.

Find out more at: