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Thameslink Programme

The Thameslink Programme will transform north-south travel through London. Find out if and how work will affect your journey


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Rebuilding London Bridge station

What is the Thameslink Programme and why do we need it?

The multi-billion pound government sponsored Thameslink Programme is one of the UK’s most innovative and largest transport infrastructure improvement programmes. It will transform north-to-south travel through London by providing new direct links from south of London to the East Coast mainline (Peterborough and Cambridge). It will also increase the capacity of London Bridge station and provide more reliable journeys thanks to new trains, track and signalling. Up to 24 Thameslink trains an hour in each direction will run through central London at the busiest times.

The frequent service between St Pancras International, Farringdon, City Thameslink, Blackfriars and London Bridge or Elephant & Castle, will provide relief for busy London Underground routes, especially the Northern line.

What’s going on at London Bridge station?

Work to expand the station will be completed in 2018.

  • There will be nine new ‘through’ platforms – two of which will be dedicated to Thameslink services – and six new terminating platforms
  • All platforms will have step-free access
  • Station facilities will be improved with new shops and cafes
  • There will be a huge new concourse, bigger than the pitch at Wembley Stadium
  • Railway lines will be untangled so fewer trains will be delayed outside the station waiting for platforms to clear

Get advice on travelling to London Bridge station

Easter service changes

There are changes to trains over the Easter weekend as Network Rail continues work to rebuild London Bridge as part of the Thameslink Programme.
Friday 14 April and Saturday 15 April
No trains at Charing Cross Waterloo East, London Bridge, Cannon Street, Deptford, Greenwich, Maze Hill and Westcombe Park.
Friday 14 April to Monday 17 April
No trains at Cannon Street, Deptford, Greenwich, Maze Hill and Westcombe Park. 

A rail replacement service will run between New Cross and Charlton calling at Deptford, Greenwich, Maze Hill and Westcombe Park.

Trains will be diverted to alternative stations and tickets will be accepted on reasonable routes on Transport for London services. 


The work between Saturday 26 August to Saturday 2 September 2017 will mean there will be no Southeastern services at London Bridge, Charing Cross and Waterloo East. This will have a considerable impact on journeys into and out of London, and those trains running may be diverted to different stations. As we will running less trains than normal during this time, trains and stations will be busy and you should look at alternative routes and travel outside of peak hours wherever possible, or consider working from home during this period. 

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Closures in 2017/8

As part of the continuing work at London Bridge up until January 2018, there’ll be changes to our services over some weekends and Bank Holidays. Significant periods include:
  • Easter weekend – Friday 14 April to Monday 17 April 2017
  • May bank holidays – Monday 1 May 2017 and Monday 29 May 2017
  • August bank holiday – Saturday 26 August to Saturday 2 September 2017 (four working days included)
  • Christmas and New Year 2017/8 – Saturday 23 December 2017 to Monday 1 January 2018 (working days included)

We will be updating you with more information nearer the time, but please do keep these dates in mind when booking holidays and please always check before you travel. The latest leaflet is here.
Over Christmas and New Year 2017/8 there will be more work taking place that will severely impact our trains. From 23 December to 1 January 2018 there will be no trains at many main London stations, which will include the working days in between Christmas and New Year. Please do keep these dates in mind when considering holidays as travelling during this period will be more difficult.
In January 2018, Cannon Street trains resume stopping at London Bridge. 

Several services may also be affected at weekends and bank holidays throughout the year.

Find out if you can use your ticket on alternative routes during work on the Thameslink Programme.

What changes are currently affecting Southeastern services?

Cannon Street trains are not stopping at London Bridge station until January 2018, when the station is complete.

Most Charing Cross trains have resumed stopping at London Bridge. More details can be found here

Charing Cross services from St Johns, New Cross, Deptford, Greenwich, Maze Hill and Westcombe Park are permanently diverted to Cannon Street.


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