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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

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 

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.

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:
  • 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.

Friday 14 April


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. 

  • On Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August, there will also be no trains at Cannon Street.
  • On Sunday 3 September, there will be no Southeastern trains at Victoria.
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 fewer 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. 
The four working days, Tuesday 29 August – Friday 1 September will be especially busy. The timetable will be amended for these days and trains will be diverted to Blackfriars, Cannon Street, Victoria or Waterloo. This will be different, depending what station you are travelling to or from. Station by station information will be available in June; you will be able see where your trains will be going to, how many trains you should expect in the morning peak into London and what your specific journey advice is. 


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

December 2017 timetable changes

December 2017 timetable changes  

Southeastern is planning to re-instate services to and from London Bridge after the completion of major works at the station in 2018. 
This means some changes to our timetable effective from Sunday 31 December 2017; however, because of major engineering works associated with the Thameslink programme, the actual first date of full running will be Tuesday 2 January 2018.

What does this mean for passengers?  

The most significant change is that platforms 1, 2 and 3 will re-open to passenger trains and with the exception of some contra-peak direction trains on the Cannon Street side, all passenger trains will now call at London Bridge.
In addition, many trains that currently run empty to or from Charing Cross will be reinstated as passenger trains in order to serve the Charing Cross – Waterloo East – London Bridge passenger flow in the contra peak period. 
As a result of their now calling at London Bridge, trains to Cannon Street will generally arrive later than today and trains will generally depart earlier than today. So as always, please check before you travel.
Changes to the timetable are detailed in this document.

Consultation timetables

January 2018 timetable changes

January 2018 timetable changes 

Changes to the timetable are detailed in this document.

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