London Bridge upgrade means services will be suspended

Network Rail has launched the world's most expensive pro-cycling campaign in history.

You've probably all been grumbling about this for some time, but worth repeating the news that the disruption at London Bridge is nearly upon us as Network Rail's £6.5 billion station upgrade project gets under-way in earnest.

As an appetiser, there will be no Southern or Thameslink train service to London bridge from December 20 – January 4. Some Southeastern morning peak services to Charing Cross will not stop at London Bridge during this time.

Then,from 12 January 2015 to August 2016, all Southeastern services to and from Charing Cross will not call at London Bridge. That means Southeastern services from New Cross, St Johns, Deptford, Greenwich, Maze Hill and Westcombe Park stations will no longer operate to and from London Charing Cross or Waterloo East, and will instead operate to and from London Cannon Street.

The Standard reports that 750,000 journeys will be affected every day and notes that "Southeastern says it aims to make up for lost London Bridge services with longer suburban trains and 3,000 additional seats in the peak."

Full details of the changes and travel advice can be found here.

13 comments:

Scott said...

This news confirms that today is indeed a Black Friday.

Alan Burkitt-Gray said...

"longer suburban trains"? Less and less likely, as Woolwich Dockyard can't take 12-coach trains so no 12-coach trains will be able to work on that line. There's no mechanism to keep certain doors closed on the trains SE uses, even though the company has had years to plan for this.

Monkeyboy said...

that 5th ELL car will look a tad woeful

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

I am assuming Cannon Street will be opening on Sundays to cope with all of this but I cant find confirmation of this (or otherwise) anywhere. Will Cannon Street underground open on Sundays as well? I somehow doubt it.

AliAfro said...

Hi Nick you mention Southeastern trains but does anyone know what happens to the (Brockley serving) Southern trains? Are they only affected over Xmas?

Anon said...

The mind boggles at just how painful this is going to be given Southeastern can't operate a reliable service even under normal conditions.

The worst private company in Britain + grumpy morning commuters + literally years of disruption = an almost unimaginable cluster***k.

THNIck said...

Can't find for certain, but I think I read that no, they wouldn't be opening Cannon St underground, as that'd make too much sense.

THNick said...

None over Christmas, then a "new timetable" come January.

si said...

They mean longer than one carrage

Hip-HOP said...

The real kicker is that from Jan there are only 3 tracks (instead of 6) going into the terminating platforms at London Bridge. This can only mean even longer queues and delays to get trains into London Bridge. Once they get more of the 5 cars on the overground, the transfer at Canada Water will be horrendous (unsafe?) at rush hour. So I think I'll be using the Crofton Park / Blackfriars route rather more.

capacity reached said...

You'd have had no luck this week at Crofton Park, delays, cancellations and 4 car trains meant that 50% of the time you could not board the trains.

Gio said...

I did find this piece of info:

"Cannon Street main line and tube stations will be open seven days a week with extended hours to accommodate additional passengers."

http://www.thameslinkprogramme.co.uk/key-dates-and-service-changes/december-2014-january-2015/

A miracle!

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

Thanks for the info. All we need to know now is what the extended hours are? Being a a pay as you go customer still means a night in the West End will cost a couple of quid more as it will be a train and tube ride now.

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