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London Bridge Station Redevelopment Project

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.



General information

More information about the planned works are online at or email thameslink [at] 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 

Work being undertaken in May 2017

Station concourse and platforms

         · Continuation of the constructing platforms and canopies on platforms 1-3

         · ‘Fittng out’ on new concourse as retail units become occupied

         · Stairway and escalator installations (Platforms 1 and 2)

         · Placement of signage for platforms 1-4

         · Installing acoustic walls and supporting steelwork

         · High level insulation and glazing of steelwork

         · Installing block paving on platforms 1 and 2

         · Laying tracks through platforms 3 and 4

         · Painting and strengthening existing bridge structures

         · Cleaning and fitting out of arches throughout the Western Passage

         · Trains now running on tracks 1 and 2 to Cannon Street

Tooley Street

            · Continue work to strengthen and waterproof Joiner Street bridge

            · Constructing steel support and reinforced concrete for installation of new façade

            · Cleaning and repairing existing façade steelwork

            · Continue to clean all existing arches and walls

            · Installation of the precast façade to the central part of Tooley Street 

Bermondsey Street

            · Construction of retail units within the arches on Bermondsey Street

            · Façade cleaning and repair work

            · Continued scaffolding work on fascia to north and east of 
Tooley St and Bermondsey St

              Ongoing urban realm work in and around Crucifix Lane 


May 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: graham.dean [at]


London Bridge Station Business Forum, Tuesday 29 June, 9am 

With the final phase of the station's redevelopment in full swing, you are invited to a briefing on 29 June from 9am to 10am to hear about upcoming milestones, including the opening of the new platform 6.

The forum is designed to let local businesses know how the project plans may affect you and your staff in the coming months.

The event will cover:  

How the rebuild of London Bridge station is progressing and details of upcoming work
Service changes over the coming months
An update on local highways

There will also be an opportunity to ask the project team questions.

Business Forum

Date: 29 June, Time: 09:00 - 10:30

Location: Thameslink Programme Permit Control Office, Railway Arch 895, Holyrood Street, SE1 2EL

Spaces are limited - please RSVP to contact [at]


More information

For more information on the work visit or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @TLProgramme


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 

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.


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.   


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 contact [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