The new London Bridge Station designs revealed




Well done to SE1 for getting the first images of the new London Bridge Station. While not as funkily futuristic as the spiraling ziggurat of the previous design, which included an office complex, we like this one a lot, especially the street level access at Tooley Street.


London Bridge is the last of the great London stations to get rebuilt and its disjointed layout desperately needs radical changes. Thameslink, which will create more cross-London services, necessitated a makeover.

On the south side, work is already well-advanced on the new bus interchange.

The complex, five year construction project, is planned to get underway fully in 2013 and is scheduled to be completed in 2018. Features and benefits include:

  • A new concourse at street level, with entrances on Tooley Street and St Thomas Street. As well as improving access to the station, this will help continue the regeneration of the surrounding area by better connecting north and south
  • The concourse will be filled with natural light, that will come through the canopies that will cover the platforms above, making a more pleasant environment for passengers
  • Step-free access to all platforms from the main concourse, making the station easier to use – especially for people with reduced mobility, or those with luggage or small children
  • Space for around two thirds more passengers than use the station today
  • An increase in the number of tracks going through the station from six to nine and a reduction from nine to six in the number of terminating platforms. This will enable eighteen of the planned 24 Thameslink services per hour to call at London Bridge

14 comments:

patrick1971 said...

That's interesting that there will be a concourse between Tooley and St Thomas Streets, with direct access to the platforms from there. Looks like they must be taking out the level above, which is level with the current bus station. I wonder if the end layout will be a bit like Brussells Midi - one long corridor with platforms entered along the sides.

Nylon Cube said...

"increase in number of lines going through the station" - and the re-introduction of Charing cross services from Brockers?

Ed CPZ said...

A vast improvement on the unimaginative initial design; love the sinuous curves. Bring on 2018...

Anonymous said...

The Jubilee Line mess last night meant that I had to get a late train back from London Bridge, for the first time in ages. I'd forgotten what a grim hellhole it is, especially at night. Utterly vile. This work is long overdue.

Nylon Cube said...

the 19.06 and 19.22 were both cancelled at L Bridge last night too... Meant I had to go to St. John, the haven for people who haven't got a ticket...

Nylon Cube said...

The train station, not the worlds 19th best restaurant.

gibby said...

Please let there be toilets!

Anonymous said...

I'm liking it a lot.

Lazy Londoner said...

Could do with an entrance further esat in Tooley St, for people coming from the City Hall direction, even peak-hour only would help.

Ed CPZ said...

Urination will be a thing of the past by 2018. Alternatively can we have ecologically-sound, open-air urinals please?

The Cat Man said...

I prefer this design to the original !

I really hope brockley gets direct trains to charing cross again !

and another one !

Anonymous said...

Yeah and we know all that glass will be kept spotless.

Anonymous said...

Now what is going on in Lewisham...the Mayor in his annual speech spoke of all the regeneration in the borough.

Now the Deputy Mayor has reportedly made a similar speech.

Despite Lewisham Gateway due to start this year, it didn't get a mention from either of them.

Anonymous said...

Nice design, no I hate the design because South Eastern Railway office is going does not need to go.

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