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Thameslink Programme

Closures will affect journeys in the New Year as Network Rail complete the rebuild of London Bridge station

Countdown to completion

The countdown to completion of the transformation of London Bridge now begins. While the majority of the work has taken place, there are still some jobs to do in the station and on the tracks, but this work will be finished during evenings and weekends, rather than on working days.

Full completion of the station is due in May 2018.


High speed season ticket compensation 

High speed Season ticket holders can claim compensation for travel from 27 - 29 December, by either using our online form, or you can download it here.

Compensation will be processed from 2 January 2018. Once your compensation has been reviewed you will receive an email and the compensation amount due.

How is the compensation calculated? 

High speed ticket holders will be able to claim this amount per day. The monthly overall difference is divided by 20 and the annual overall difference by 232 in order to give the pro-rata daily difference.
 
For example, the fares and the difference for a ticket from Ashford to London Terminals are: 

   High speed   Non high speed   Overall Difference   Pro-rata Daily Difference
 Monthly  £597.90  £498.50  £99.40  £4.97
 Annual  £6,228.00  £5,192.00  £1,036.00  £4.47

So the calculation of the compensation amount based on a monthly ticket would be: 
 
£597.90 - £498.50 = £99.40
£99.40 / 20 days travel = £4.97


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?

Charing Cross services from St Johns, New Cross, Deptford, Greenwich, Maze Hill and Westcombe Park are permanently diverted to Cannon Street.
 
Check if planned engineering work will affect your journey.

Charing Cross and Cannon Street weekend closures.

Read more on the May 2018 consultation timetable

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