London Bridge plans and timeline revealed

The Thameslink project website has been updated, to provide a timetable of works at London Bridge Station and the impact on services between next May 2013 and its final completion in 2018. The station will be stunning, but the service disruption should keep Twitter busy for most of the rest of the decade.

The new platforms at the completed station
The new Tooley Street entrance

Here's what the site says:

May 2013 

Platforms 14, 15 & 16 at London Bridge close to enable redevelopment work. This means platform changes and the retiming of some Southern train services.

Spring 2014 

The first two redeveloped platforms open at London Bridge (14 & 15) with new longer canopies to protect passengers from the rain.

December 2014 

Thameslink route services to and from central London are diverted away from London Bridge via Herne Hill until 2018 but plans are in place to maintain an off-peak service to the station from Brighton.


Charing Cross services are unable to call at London Bridge due to redevelopment work on platforms 4, 5 & 6. Station redevelopment work reaches half way. All terminating platforms (10-15) are complete. The first new Thameslink trains enter passenger service on the Thameslink route. More will follow on the Great Northern route and on certain other Kent and Sussex routes in the following years.


Platforms 4,5,6,7 & 8 are complete at London Bridge and Charing Cross services are able to resume calling at the station. Cannon Street services are unable to call at London Bridge due to redevelopment work on platforms 1,2 & 3. The new street level concourse opens at London Bridge providing direct access to St Thomas' Street.

End 2017

Platforms 1, 2 & 3 are complete at London Bridge. Bringing these into use enables Cannon Street services to resume calling at the station shortly afterwards.


Completion of work to track, signalling and major bridges around London Bridge station. New bigger and brighter station opens. The East Coast Mainline Great Northern route, from Peterborough, Cambridge and stations in between is connected to the Thameslink route via tunnels at St Pancras International. Crossrail is complete and starts running east-west across London connecting with the Thameslink route at Farringdon.


Betjeman said...

No mention of the fact the they're tearing down the listed train shed from 1856 and all the wrought iron columns and replacing them with bland preformed concrete ones. Why couldn't the wrought iron be incorporated in the new design like they did with the Victorian architecture at the new King's Cross station? They could have re-glazed it taking away the 70's corrugated iron and it would look amazing. Another badly thought through project.

Anonymous said...

Whereas you've thought it through? Perhaps they can't incorporate it. Dunno, just saying.

Anonymous said...

Not everything has to be a sodding Victorian pastiche.

Anonymous said...

It wouldn't be a Victorian pastiche, it would be the original Victorian work restored!

Mb said...

They will have worked with English heritage. You don't save everything all the time, it's a balance with what is possible. It's a railway not a museum. Ironic considering the Victorians would have no issue sweeping away what was there to satisfy the relentless pace of progress. We demolished bits of the Victorian Farringsdon, some bits had to go. We also restored some parts including the shop fronts. It's not done lightly and it certainly isn't black or white. London bridge is not fit for purpose.

Matt-Z said...

The train shed roof at London Bridge is not being destroyed, but will be carefully dismantled and stored until a new use / home can be found for it.

Anonymous said...

So are trains that run through Brockely ever going to get through trains to Charing Cross and elsewhere ever again?

Is this going to benefit our line at all?

kolp said...

Delays at arriving and departing London Bridge? Business as usual then!..but with a genuine pay off at the end.

Anonymous said...

so what's the pay off? Does anyone know if it's going to benefit users from Brockley in any other way than to get off at a modern station?

Brockley Nick said...

We don't know the details of services planned yet. It could be good news, with more through trains and less of a bottle neck either side of the station.

Oli said...

If it's as good as the rest of the Jubilee line improvements then we might have a fantastic new station to look forward to.

Though I appreciate we're talking about the British Rail over ground bit here.

And yes, I still call it British Rail.

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