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Southeastern change train times on Christmas Eve

Keep an eye on train times this Christmas, as a timetable change could leave you stranded.

Southeastern have amended train times on Christmas Eve, with the last train leaving London Victoria for Maidstone East at 8.22pm.

In 2014 the last train from Victoria to Maidstone left at 9.22pm, giving commuters, and those enjoying festivities, an extra hours grace.

Train services are disrupted. Stock picture
Train services are disrupted. Stock picture

Trains regularly leave the terminal at 22 and 52 minutes past the hour, with the latest running at 12.22am.

Major improvements to London Bridge are also set to affect journeys over the festive period, with the last train to Maidstone West - via Tonbridge - departing at 6.37pm on December 24.

The work by Network Rail, as part of its Railway Upgrade Plan, means that there will be no Southeastern trains at London Bridge, Charing Cross, Waterloo East and Cannon Street from the evening of Christmas Eve to Sunday, January 3 - including three working days.

Southeastern’s managing director, David Statham, said: "Whilst Network Rail carry out this important work to improve the railway for our passengers, our priority is to do everything possible to let you know how your journey will be affected and what your alternative options are so you can still reach your destination."

The rail firm has said passengers will still be able to access London terminals, including Victoria and Blackfriars, and by changing at New Cross for London Overground services.

Tickets are to be accepted on alternative routes.

Trains are expected to return to their usual schedule as work is due to be completed by Monday, January 4.

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