London’s rail users are well versed in Bank Holiday travel
alterations and engineering works, however this August Bank Holiday saw an unprecedented
£133m investment nationally in major infrastructure projects over the weekend. London
Bridge was no exception and Network Rail have thanked passengers for their
patience as the Thameslink Programme continues on track and on time.
Over the weekend new tracks were moved into place and
Platform 6 completed. As planned there remain no Southeastern services at all
from London Bridge until 3 September and when services resume on Monday,
Charing Cross trains will be using the newly opened Platform 6. From 3 September, Charing Cross trains that are currently unable to stop at London Bridge during peak times will once again be able to call. Because part of
the new rail concourse has yet to open, it could take longer to get to and from
the new platform so it may feel crowded in peak periods. To mitigate this Network
Rail will be asking that passengers stay on the lower concourse until their
train is announced. This will remain the case until January.
Passengers will also face diversions within the station
until Sunday 3 September. Access to the lower concourse will be for the ticket
office and toilets only. All trains can be reached via the Shard concourse,
adjacent to the bus station.
The final major planned closure at London Bridge will take
place 23 December - 2 January 2018 when all services will be severely effected. But there’s
now light at the end of the tunnel. From January 2018 onwards platforms 1-3
will be open, allowing services to Cannon Street to resume after a 15 month
hiatus. These will soon be followed by Platforms 4 and 5 which will be served
by Thameslink services between Brighton and Bedford, as well as new
destinations including Cambridge and Peterborough. Upon completion, the new
infrastructure and station will allow up to 18 Thameslink trains per hour to
travel through London Bridge, increasing capacity by 30%.
But it’s not only the train services that will improve. Over
the course of the next few months we’ll see the huge new concourse between
Tooley Street and St Thomas Street unveiled, and a brand new shopping
destination open with 70+ new retail units taking shape.
For more details visit thameslinkprogramme.co.uk