London Bridge is the fourth busiest station in the country, handling around 54 million passengers each year.
As part of the Government-sponsored Thameslink Programme, London Bridge station is being rebuilt to provide dedicated platforms for up to 18 Thameslink trains an hour in each direction. There’ll be more space, with a concourse the size of the pitch at Wembley Stadium, and improved connections to more destinations.
The station is being rebuilt in phases with construction work at London Bridge station going well and on schedule. The new track and signalling being installed will mean fewer trains delayed outside the station, waiting for platforms to clear.
Both London Bridge rail and Underground stations are open throughout, but Thameslink, Southern and Southeastern and London Overground customers have been and will continue to be, affected at certain times by substantial service changes until the project is completed in 2018.
Work on the ‘through’ platforms and the creation of the new dedicated platforms and tracks for Charing Cross services continues. In addition, work on the dedicated Thameslink platforms is due to be completed and ready for passenger service in early 2018.
Plus, as part of the Programme, by 2018 115 new Class 700 trains will have been introduced on the Thameslink and Great Northern routes. These will offer more capacity, better connections, additional destinations and improved customer information, both on the train and at stations.
What are the main changes to services?
Until the work is finished in 2018, Thameslink cross-London Bedford to Brighton Thameslink trains will not use London Bridge station. Instead they will take an alternative route between East Croydon and London Blackfriars.
There is a reduced off-peak service between Brighton and London Bridge, with only a very limited service between these stations at peak times.