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.