The closure is due to the work that begins this week on the 140-year-old Whitechapel London Overground and Underground station redevelopment in preparation for Crossrail. And this has been planned to take place during the school holidays to minimise disruption.
During this period, there will be no replacement buses between Surrey Quays and New Cross. So local buses would have to be used or as an alternative travel to New Cross Gate, also on the London Overground, with a walk of approximately 10 minutes to get to New Cross station.
And Southeastern customers who usually change at New Cross can also go to Lewisham for the DLR.
Also note that, Canada Water will be busier than usual while passengers seek alternate routes. With the busiest time here being between 8.00 and 9:00 am in the morning.
The closure will also affect the line from Shadwell to Highbury & Islington where there would be replacement buses. With Whitechapel station closed completely on 13 and 14 February.
For more details on the closure and alternative routes, visit the Transport for London website.