Train Service Disruption

Transport Representative

22 Jul 2022

Closure of Penge Tunnel

CHANGES TO TRAIN SERVICES DURING PENGE TUNNEL CLOSURE (23 – 31 July 2022)
The railway line between Shortlands and Brixton via Herne Hill will be closed for 9 days from Saturday 23rd July until Sunday 31st July. This is so that the twin tracks in Penge Tunnel can be renewed at a cost of £4.5 million.

DURING THIS PERIOD TRAIN DEPARTURE TIMES WILL BE CHANGED, BUT FREQUENCIES WILL GENERALLY REMAIN HALF HOURLY ON LOCAL SERVICES.

Weekends (Sat 23/Sun 24 and Sat 30/Sun31 July)
Trains between Petts Wood and Victoria will be diverted and stop at Denmark Hill, but make no other stops between Shortlands and Victoria. For intermediate stations except Brixton, there will be replacement buses operating between Bromley South and Denmark Hill via Herne Hill.

Weekdays (Mon 25 to Fri 29 July)
Through Petts Wood there will be a shuttle train service between Orpington and Beckenham Junction. It will still be possible to get to and from Victoria by changing at Bromley South. For intermediate stations except Brixton, there will be replacement buses operating between Beckenham Junction and Denmark Hill via Herne Hill.

Brixton station will be closed for the entire period, and tickets will be valid on the Tube for reasonable routes. The preferred option may be to travel via London Bridge, take the Northern line to Stockwell, then Victoria line to Brixton.

It is worth noting that Beckenham Road tram stop is near Kent House station.

YOU ARE ADVISED TO CHECK JOURNEY PLANNERS BEFORE TRAVELLING.
(These have been updated to show departure times during the period of disruption).

PENGE TUNNEL FACTS
Opened 1st July 1863 Length 1 mile 381 yards (1958 m)

The tunnel is dead straight with a 0.3% gradient or 20 foot (6m) fall from Sydenham Hill.to Penge East. (see photo)

It was Queen Victoria’s “least favourite” tunnel, because it had no ventilation shafts, to allow steam and smoke to disperse. There is an unfounded rumour that the Catford Loop was built and opened in 1892, so that she could avoid travelling through the tunnel.