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London Bridge station and Thameslink programme update


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

29 August 2017

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