Boris calls on government not to scrap London Bridge redevelopment

The Mayor of London is campaigning for the redevelopment of London Bridge Station not to be scrapped in the Government's comprehensive spending review.

The station redevelopment is part of the Thameslink programme to increase north-south rail capacity through the capital and give London's worst main station a vital facelift.

Hyperlocal site SE1 quotes Boris:

"I share your frustrations about the speed of improvement to the station," wrote Mr Johnson in a letter to Team London Bridge director Nadia Broccardo.

"London Bridge Station is a key component to support the regeneration of the London Bridge area.

27 comments:

BrockleyBiker said...

I bloody hope they don't cancel it. The station, for its size and importance, and for the number of passengers it handles (about 50mil a year excluding LU) desperately needs redeveloping. Those small, narrow tunnels leading up the platforms are horrendous.

Considering there is not really any visible old building to look after (except of course hat listed wall which is due to go) there is a real opportunity to start again.

Borough Market is obviously going to suffer which is a real shame but then London Bridge is one of the worst bottlenecks on the entire UK rail network.

Lou Baker said...

When does a local website become a hyperlocal one?

Presumably not when its creator seems hellbent on
annexing other nearby communities .....

Brockley Nick said...

Hyperlocal is a useful term to distinuish sites which cover a smaller area than traditional "local" newspapers, television or radio do, eg: Brockley Central covers a much smaller area than local newspapers like the South London Press.

Next question?

kide said...

Meanwhile China is creating a state of the art station 10 times the size every 5 mins. We are so poor in this country.

Anonymous said...

"distinuish" huh?

Ed said...

Very worrying news.

Mb said...

Cheap labour, no consultation, little planning hassles and money help. Plus a one party state. Expect their are chinese folk asking why they cannot protest without someone parking a tank in their lounge.

Loo Maker said...

@ Lou Baker

As London Bridge is a key destination/interchange for many of Brockley's commuters, this is an article in our interests is it not?

Think you've missed the point yet again...

Blunderbuss said...

Maybe they could have decided this before they demolished half of Borough Market!

It's the same with Crossrail, they've levelled chunks of soho and charing cross road for a scheme that may be cancelled too.

It's just insane bulldozing heritage for schemes that fall apart. Depressing...

Anonymous said...

Is crossrail being canceled? No....

Matt-Z said...

@ Blunderbuss. Don't panic. The Thameslink programme is still going ahead. There will still be a new viaduct (for which, rightly or wrongly, much of Borough Market and the surrounding area has been demolished) running into London Bridge. By 2012 there will be longer, more frequent trains on the Thameslink route. The viaduct removes a bottleneck which currently prevents a better service London Bridge to Blackfriars.

Boris is calling on his masters not to axe the whole London Bridge Master Plan station rebuild, which is a huge, largely separate project, realigning platforms (more 'through', fewer 'terminus') moving the concourse to the arches underneath, closing streets etc. Effectively building a brand new station around the old viaducts.

If it doesn't happen the Thameslink service will still be improved and there will be more trains going through the central London corridor, it just won't be as good as we'd all hoped.

drakefell debaser said...

Crossrail is going ahead.

I think it would be daft to build a landmark building like the Shard and then spoil it by leaving the station as it is.

Fingers crossed.

make em pay said...

I thought the shard was paying for the station rebuild ? ?

Anonymous said...

don't worry I'm organising a coup by Keynesian hells-angels...we will save this scheme from these economically illiterate toffs...(excepting Boris who seems to understand it is necessary for London at least)...

Brockley Jon said...

London Bridge station has been an embarrassing introduction to South London for too many years now, I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

What happens to it is hugely relevant for those who live in Brockley or anywhere along the same line, so I'm very happy for Nick to keep me updated.

Anonymous said...

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drakefell debaser said...

Keynesian hells-angels

I can see it now, Ed Balls on a Harley 48 thundering down Whitehall...

Happy Snapper said...

Sellar (developers of the Shard) are paying for the bus station upgrade as well as improvements to St Thomas Street which has suffered badly with all the lorries trundelling up and down it over the months.

Part of Borough Market and the buildings there have been moved temporarily so that the viaduct can be built. The market stalls will be moved back into the original hall, and some of the buildings will be rebuilt where they were before.

Anonymous said...

Meanwhile Boris has promised action over an 'unsafe junction' in Lewisham.

TfL has been looking for solutions to the dangerous situation at the junction of Lewisham High ST and CourtHill Road.

The Mayor says by the end of the year action will be taken...but is still unable to say what action?

In response to a question he said to progress to a viable scheme, TfL is looking at solutions such as diverting local bus routes, this work will be complete by the end of the year.

How DUMB are these people?

Common sense would tell anyone simply adding a set of lights pedestrians can see would begin making the crossing safer.

Why are they determined to make the solution more complicated than it need be?

How much have these experts and politians wasted looking into the issue and coming back with, oooh we don't know what to do.

Tot up the cost to the emergency and health services...it's probably far more than a set of coloured lights.

Anonymous said...

Or is it caused by politicians moving lights in accordance with knee jerk comments. What is a 'so called' expert? someone who thinks chucking lights in requires no thought?

Deptford Pudding said...

London Bridge Station is quaint. They'll turn it into Milton Keynes shopping centre.

Anonymous said...

The same 'experts' who have decided to scrap various crossings in the borough?

Anonymous said...

"experts"or politicians deciding to do it to please the car lobby? I don t know and I doubt you do

Anonymous said...

The indecision re Lewisham High St has not been for the benefit of those pedestrians who have been knocked down over the years.

Is it a knee jerk reaction to ask for traffic lights to be attached at right angles to the existing set of lights...the answer is of course no.

Tamsin said...

The first anonymous was not asking for an extra crossing or a differnt set up or change of pattern on the existing one - just for additional lights aimed at pedestrians so that they can see what the traffic might be doing.

Although that wont stop pedestrians jay-walking dangerously or running to catch buses - which seemed to be the cause of the one accident I have seen there.

max said...

Well, it is just absolutely impossible to cross in safety there since one can't know where cars can come at you and even when they are still if they will start moving once you're halfway, so you don't need to be doing anything stupid to take your life in your hands there.

Giovanni said...

London Bridge station is truly depressing. It's the sort of station you'd find in Bucharest or something. How can anyone consider cutting even 10p off its refurbishment is beyond me. They obviously don't use it. I couldn't care less about Borough Market either so I'm glad they are going ahead with building the viaduct.

Are they getting rid of that old Victorian 'roof' over platforms 9-16 which pours in water every time is rains? Or is it listed? I hope it goes.

I wish it was going to look something like this, which even Lieges, Belgium has:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Li%C3%A8ge-Guillemins_railway_station

but it won't.

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