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Finishing touches to new platforms at London Bridge, ready for the New Year

Finishing touches put to the new platforms (10 and 11) at London Bridge

The finishing touches are being made to a pair of new platforms at London Bridge rail station, ready for their introduction after Christmas.

When complete, in 2018, the station will have been totally rebuilt as part of the £6.5bn Thameslink Programme.

Major changes to train services at London Bridge start this Saturday (December 20).

Passengers are urged to check before they travel over Christmas and the New Year either with their operator or at www.thameslinkprogramme.co.uk

 

  • London Bridge Underground station is not affected by the work.

 

Notes to editors

Details of service changes
From 20 December and throughout next year journeys to or from London will change as our work to improve the railway continues. These changes include:

20 December 2014 to 4 January 2015

No Southern or Thameslink trains will stop at London Bridge

There will also be changes to other services, including Southern and Gatwick

Express services to Victoria and London Overground and Underground

22 to 24 December

During the morning peak (7.54am – 9.01am) trains to Charing Cross will not call at London Bridge

5 January 2015 to 2018

No Bedford to Brighton cross-London Thameslink trains will call at London Bridge station

A reduced service will run between Brighton and London Bridge in the off-peak and a very limited service will run in the peak

12 January 2015 to August 2016

Some Southeastern trains to Charing Cross will not stop at London Bridge for 20 months

Some Southeastern stations will have all trains diverted to Cannon Street, with no trains calling at Charing Cross or Waterloo East

During this time, National Rail tickets to and from London terminals issued by Southeastern, Thameslink, Southern and SouthWest trains will be accepted at selected Underground stations in South London without extra charge.

For more information please visit ThameslinkProgramme.co.uk or your train operator’s website:

Southeastern - www.southeasternrailway.co.uk

Thameslink - www.thameslinkrailway.com

Southern - www.southernrailway.com

 

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About the Thameslink Programme
The government-sponsored £6.5bn Thameslink Programme will transform north-south travel through London. When complete in 2018 it will give passengers:

New, spacious trains running every 2 to 3 minutes through central London in the peak

Improved connections and better options to more destinations on an expanded Thameslink network including Cambridge and Peterborough

Robust new track and signalling systems offer more reliable journeys

A completely rebuilt London Bridge station with more space and great facilities

London Bridge facts

Over 117 million people a year go to London Bridge or through it to Cannon Street and Charing Cross – 54 million start or end their at London Bridge itself

Platform 6 is the busiest in Europe serving 18 trains per hour

The new concourse at London Bridge will be bigger than the pitch at Wembley, increasing passenger capacity by 65%

London Bridge will be longer than the Shard is tall

Up to 24 trains per hour will run in each direction, during the peak, between St Pancras and Blackfriars

Up to 18 Thameslink trains an hour will run in each direction, during the peak, between London Bridge and St Pancras – currently there are none between 7.30 and 9am

178 years old – London Bridge is London’s oldest surviving rail terminus, first opened in Dec 1836

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