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
There will be nine new ‘through’ platforms – two of which
will be dedicated to Thameslink services – and six new
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
Railway lines will be untangled so fewer trains will be
delayed outside the station waiting for platforms to clear
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)
The work in August 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.
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.
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.