London Bridge isn't falling down!
The Residents' Association has received the following important information on the redevelopment of London Bridge station.
As a key part of the £6.5bn Thameslink Programme, Network Rail is rebuilding London Bridge station between now and 2018. We are undertaking this work whilst keeping one of Europe's most congested routes and busiest stations open for business. This will be challenging at times but we and the train operators are working hard to minimise the impact on you and our passengers.Rebuilding London Bridge will involve periods when parts of the station and services, to and through the station are disrupted. Our aim is to undertake as much work as possible when passenger numbers are at their lowest however it won't be possible to avoid significant periods of disruption to passengers.We are undertaking extensive passenger communications activity with train operators and TfL through a range of channels including exhibitions at London Bridge, along affected routes, and through print, broadcast, social and digital media. We are engaging with businesses and services (including Guys Hospital) located in and around the area surrounding London Bridge to help them inform their customers, visitors and staff.Our aim is to inform passengers and businesses well in advance of these proposed changes to enable people to plan alternative routes.
Significant changes in August and DecemberIn order to keep the station serving as many people as possible whilst we redevelop it, we are closing and redeveloping a few platforms at a time. This means that there will be a rolling programme of service and station changes at London Bridge between now and 2018.
During December 2014 and January 2015 there will be significant disruption to services. From 20th December 2014 until 4th January 2015 there will be no Southern or Thameslink services to or from London Bridge. From 5th January there will also be changes to Southern, Thameslink, London Overground and Gatwick Express timetables across London and the South East. Some Thameslink services will have fewer carriages.
From 5th January 2015 until January 2018 there will be no Bedford to Brighton cross-London Thameslink services to or from London Bridge
From 5th January 2015 until August 2016 Southeastern services to Charing Cross will not stop at London Bridge.
Cannon Street services will continue to stop at London Bridge. Some diversions will take place between Charing Cross, Cannon Street and Blackfriars.
There are other restrictions that will affect the Kent lines.
You are therefore advised to use National Rail services where possible to check your route as it may be necessary to take a different train or interchange en-route. If your journey is affacted by the Thameslink programme and you have a sason ticket you may need to update this to ensure it will be accepted at Transport for London ticket gates.
Check before you travel!
The Thameslink Programme is investing £6.5bn to transform north-south travel through London, delivering new, more spacious trains every 2 – 3 minutes through central London and improved connections giving passengers across London and the South East better travel options to more destinations.
We are creating a new rail hub at Farringdon which connects Thameslink to Crossrail and gives passengers routes to three major airports and St Pancras International.The rebuilt London Bridge will have two thirds more space for more passengers, easier access to all platforms and great facilities making it much easier to use.