This week sees the launch of phase two of the government funded Thameslink programme, which will result in multi-million pound improvements to London Bridge Station.
As well an ambitious redevelopment of London Bridge, the scheme involves major surgery on miles of outdated track and signalling, with upgrades from Bedford to Brighton and on other rail routes that serve London Bridge and ultimately a fleet of new state-of-the-art trains.
Robin Gisby, managing director of network operations at Network Rail, said: “This will be the most ambitious redevelopment of any London station in a generation and one of the most technically demanding projects ever undertaken on our railway.”
Network Rail will carry out the work to the station and track in distinct phases, each having a different impact on train services.
This means a number of shorter periods of disruption rather than all passengers being impacted for the full duration of the project.
The timing of many of Southern’s services to and from London Bridge will be changing from December 9 as a result of the station works. For more information passengers should visit: thameslink
In May next year, platforms 14-16 will be taken out of use to enable redevelopment work. Some services will be re-timed and platform changes required.
When fully complete in 2018, London Bridge will have the biggest concourse in the UK. Lifts or escalators will take passengers to every platform, whilst new entrances on Tooley Street and St Thomas Street will mean better access to cycling, walking and bus routes.
Congestion on the Northern line at London Bridge Underground station will be reduced and the capacity for train services stopping at the station between 8am and 9am will increase from 70 to a maximum of 88.
London Bridge is London’s oldest station, first built in 1836. Its 55m users make it one of the busiest stations with 50 per cent more passengers than Gatwick Airport and more than twice the number it was designed for.
Despite recent improvements to the bus station and a new concourse next to the Shard, it remains a dark and crowded station with poor links to other forms of transport and a blocker to regeneration of the local area.