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London Bridge Station Redevelopment Project *Easter engineering works*

The Thameslink route is undergoing a £6 billion upgrade to introduce longer and more frequent trains from Bedford to Brighton through the heart of London.
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  • Find your way around the new concourse
Duration of project: 
Construction complete 2018
Principal Contractor: 
Workplace Coordinator: 
Danny Miller
Graham Dean
Phone number: 
020 3465 9803

11/AP/1987  Planning permission granted: 29/03/2012

Project Introduction

The Thameslink route is undergoing a £6 billion upgrade to introduce longer and more frequent trains from Bedford to Brighton through the heart of London. The redevelopment of London Bridge station is vital to unlocking the capacity needed to run up to 24 trains an hour through central London, opening up more journey options and helping to relieve pressure from London Underground. Network Rail apologises for any disruption or inconvenience the work may cause.

New concourse

More than half of London Bridge station’s new concourse is now open with more space and better facilities, including:

Brand new platforms 7, 8 and 9 for Southeastern services, with escalators and lifts for easy access
A spacious new ticket office with lots of self-service machines
New station entrances along St Thomas Street, with wider pedestrian access
More options to enter and exit the station

At the same time platforms 1 to 3 will close until January 2018 while rebuild these platforms are being rebuilt. This means Cannon Street services cannot stop at London Bridge while this work is taking place.

Site visits and information

Graham Dean, Community Relations Manager, has previously organised visitor days. If you would like to take a tour of the site please contact him on to discuss future opportunities. 

Network Rail holds quartlery information sessions on the rebuild of London Bridge Station in the Thameslink Programme Visitor Suite off Bermondsey Street. The next one will be in spring 2017; to register your interest, please email


General information

More information about the planned works are online at or email There is also a 24 hour national Network Rail phone line on 03457 11 41 41 (questions about the network). For ticketing and service information phone National Rail Enquiries on 03457 48 49 50 or online at 

Four-day Easter weekend, engineering works


Between Good Friday 14 April and Easter Monday 17 April, major engineering work will be taking place between New Cross and Charing Cross/Cannon Street as part of the Thameslink Programme. This will mean significant journey changes for Southeastern passengers, with no Southeastern services to or from Charing Cross, Waterloo East and London Bridge – with the exception of Hastings trains – on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 April.


There will also be no Southeastern trains to or from Cannon Street, Deptford, Greenwich, Maze Hill and Westcombe Park stations from Friday 14 until Monday 17 April inclusive; trains will be diverted to Victoria or Blackfriars. This will coincide with the Greenwich Tall Ships event, so passengers will need to look at alternative routes if they wish to attend.


Further information about these changes can be found at


In addition to the Thameslink Programme improvements, other works will be taking place across the route. This includes Sunday 16 April when there will be no Southern trains to or from London Victoria station while Network Rail carries out maintenance on platforms 14 and 19. Rail replacement services will run between Victoria and Streatham Hill/East Croydon, with the majority of Southern services diverted to London Bridge.


Further information about changes to services over this time can be found at National Rail Enquiries

Information about changes to Transport for London services can be found via


March Clinics

Graham Dean, the community relations manager, will be available in the visitors suite on Holyrood Street to answer questions or take enquiries relating to the redevelopment work at London Bridge. These sessions will be held every Thursday from 1600—1730 in the Thameslink Programme Permit Control Office, Holyrood Street, SE1 2EL Graham can be contacted on:


Tooley Street, station works

The Cottons Centre bridge which previously lead to platforms 1-3 will continue to be closed until spring 2017 as a result of these works.

  •   Continue the main demolition of 64-84 Tooley Street

  •   Widening the openings onto the Tooley Street façade

  •   Reinforcement of the arches in Tooley Street that are behind the new hoarding

Diversion east bound 

From 3 May 2016 until February 2018 the section of Tooley Street / Duke Hill between borough High Street and Bermondsey Street will be closed to eastbound traffic from Borough High Street to Bermondsey Street. Eastbound traffic will be diverted via Borough High Street, Great Dowver Street and on to Tower Bridge Road.


The footpath on the station side of Tooley Street is closed to pedestrians during this time.


Cyclsits are able to travel in both directionson Tooley Street, westbound with the traffic and eastbound in a segregated lane.


Throughout the /tooley Street works eastbound TfL routes 47, 343, 381, N199 and RV1will be diverted, westbound will operate as usual.


The taxi rank will move to its new permanent home on Bermondsey Street.



Construction Works being undertaken during March 2017

         · Removal of steel parapet for Platform 1

         · Start of platform and canopy construction on platforms 2 and 3

         · Continuation of ‘fitting out’ work throughout the new concourse as retail units become occupied

         · Continuation of construction works to east and west of area where the new concourse will be

         · Stairway and escalator installation in new concourse

         · Finishing of western escape stairs

         · Ongoing urban realm work

         · Water proofing of track-beds 1-4

         · Placement of signage for Platforms 1-4

         · Installing platform steel work on platforms 3 and 4

         · Installing acoustic walls and supporting steelwork

         · Erecting the precast platforms and associated steelwork

         · Fitting of Block Paving on platforms 1 and 2

           Starting to lay tracks 1-4 

           Cleaning of arches throughout the Western Passage, leading to fit-out of the Western Passage 



Tooley Street

         - Continuation of Joiner Street bridge strengthening and waterproofing

         - Façade steelwork, cleaning and repair work

           Bermondsey Street

         - Construction of retail units within the arches on Bermondsey Street        

         - Drainage works in Bermondsey Street car park

         - Dropping of ballast to east and west of new platforms

         - Continue scaffolding work on facia to northa dn east of Tooley and Bermondsey Streets


The majority of work that has the potential to be noisy is scheduled to take place during our normal working hours (Monday – Friday, 8am – 6pm and Saturday 8am – 1pm) to help minimise any further disruption.

More information will be made available in due course and further community and business forums will be held to keep local residents and businesses informed about the changes.and further details can also be found here.


London Bridge Bus Station

In order to facilitate Project works in the Station Approach area bus station closures are due to take place. Access to London Bridge Street will be facilitated where necessary.   

Closures this month

Bermondsey Street will be closed on the following weekends:

11/12 March 18/19 March  25/26 March

1/2 April 8/9 April; plus 14/15/16/17 April

Road and footway local closures

Location Nature of works Duration
St Thomas Street between Stainer Street and Bermondsey Street  Partial footway closures and full road closures Until 2018
Vinegar Yard between Snowsfield and Melior Street) Temporary closure due to change in site boundary Until 2018
Tooley Street Between Bermondsey Street and Borough High Street Westbound Traffic only (apart from pedestrians and cyclists) to allow for demolition and change in site boundaries 

Until 2018

Pedestrian access will be maintained where possible.

The majority of work that has the potential to be noisy is scheduled to take place during the site's normal working hours (Monday – Friday, 8am – 6pm and Saturday 8am – 1pm).


Changes to services

For changes to services please check the Thameslink website: 


Planning ahead

There will also be changes to services over both the May and Spring bank holidays. More detailed information will be shared next month.


Significant work will take place over the August 2017 bank holiday and the four working days after.


There will be no Southeastern services to or from Charing Cross, Waterloo East and London Bridge from Saturday 26 August to Saturday 2 September. This will mean fewer trains into London. The trains that do run will be diverted to alternative stations and are likely to be extremely busy. Some stations will have queuing systems in place.


Passengers will need to change their journey over these eight days. More information will be available from 10 June; for the latest please visit


…And Christmas and New Year

From 23 December to 2 January, there will be major changes to services as the Thameslink Programme brings the final new platforms at London Bridge into use and the final section of the new concourse opens for passengers. This will mean further major changes to services, with no trains at a number of London stations. Passengers on Southeastern, Thameslink and Southern trains will be significantly affected.


How your staff and visitors can stay updated

Network Rail is working with train operators and Transport for London to ensure passengers have information about these changes but there are various ways businesses can help staff and visitors plan, including:

Making information available through internal communications channels
Encouraging staff to sign up for passenger email or SMS alerts at and follow us on Twitter @TLProgramme
If your business is affected, update the ‘find us’ section on your website 


If you have any questions about the Thameslink Programme, preparing your business for these changes or would like to request hard copies of leaflets please contact us at


How to stay updated

For the most up to date information on detailed service changes please visit the Thameslink  website, or visit to help plan your journey. You can also sign up for free text alerts by texting your home station plus TLP4 to 60777