Hundreds of thousands of rail passengers face major disruption later this month with a nine day closure of half the platforms at London Bridge to allow work to rebuild the station.
Exclusive pictures below show work at the station which is part of the £6.5 billion Thameslink project.
Rail managers say the closure will allow new platforms to open in September, a key part of the project. More closure will take pace at Christmas.
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Almost £1.2 billion was invested in the railway connection Kent and Sussex to London last year.
Passenger growth across the whole of London and the South East grew by 7.3%.
More than a billion passenger journeys are made on trains to London every year, equating to roughly 3 million passenger journeys each day.
Investments in Kent and Sussex included lengthening platforms, a new station building at Dartford and miles of tracks being renewed.
Dave Ward, Network Rail route managing director said, "More than 4500 trains run every day between London and Kent and Sussex and over the next five years we will be investing more than £2.3 billion in the rail network in those areas."
Figures from Network Rail today reveal record numbers of passengers and investment in rail services across the region over the last year.
The amount spent improving services is almost £3 billion.
Passenger numbers are up around 7% with 3 million journeys every day in the region.
The not for profit company say the biggest investment has been on Brighton line and Kent services, Reading station and upgrading services in the Thames Valley.
The Queen will officially open the redeveloped Reading railway station next month.
An £850 million Network Rail scheme has seen major improvement on the station, including new platforms and entrances.
The work on the station started in 2011 and most of the major works are now complete.
It will be the second time the Queen has carried out an opening ceremony at Reading Station.
Her previous visit was to mark the construction of the Brunel Arcade in the 1980s.
If you are planning to travel via Southampton Central station this Easter weekend you are being warned to check before you do, because of building work. It's part of a £20 million project to improve the reliability of trains through the station. Replacement buses are running.
Passengers using and going through Southampton Central train station this Easter bank holiday are being warned to check before they travel as work and improvements continue.
The station is currently going through extensive work to improve reliability of trains.
The £20 million improvements could affect services from South West Trains, Cross Country, Southern and First Great Western.
Replacement buses are in operation but passengers are reminded to add an extra 60 minutes onto their journey times.
Jim Morgan, infrastructure director for the Network Rail/South West Trains Alliance said:
We recognise that this is not ideal and we are sorry for the inevitable disruption that will be caused to passengers. We have sought to keep disruption to a minimum whilst we undertake this essential work.
There will be replacement bus services through Southampton over those weekends, and we will have customer service staff available at stations to help everyone get where they are going.
A video has been produced by Network Rail explaining the works taking place on the main line through Southampton. The twenty million pound scheme aims to improve the reliability of trains. It's due to continue on weekends until May including the Easter bank holiday.
More than £10 billion is to be invested in railways across the south. Network Rail says the five year programme will mean more trains, improved railway stations and additional seats for passengers.
Mike Pearse spoke to passengers and Transport Minister Baroness Kramer about the investment.
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