Throughout the rebuilding of London Bridge there will be a rolling programme of significant changes to the station and to journeys – please check before you travel and ensure you know your travel options.
We’ve scheduled our work at times when passenger numbers are traditionally lower than normal for example the August bank holiday weekend, Easter and Christmas. We know service changes are inconvenient, but we’re doing our best to minimise disruption to you, by telling you about service changes in advance.
Weekend and bank holidays
- Throughout the programme, different services will be impacted on some weekends and bank holidays.
- This may include disruption to services on working days around certain bank holidays or weekends.
- Please check National Rail Enquiries for more information.
Saturday 23 – Sunday 31 August 2014
For full details of the changes taking place between Saturday 23 and Sunday 31 August click here.
- Southern services will not operate to and from London Bridge and a revised service will operate across the network during this period.
- First Capital Connect Thameslink route services will not call at London Bridge; they will be diverted via an alternative route between Blackfriars and East Croydon.
- There will be no direct services from London Bridge to Gatwick or Luton airports. Passengers will be able to reach both airports from London Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon and London St Pancras. There will also be direct trains (Southern and Gatwick Express) to Gatwick Airport from London Victoria.
- Southern, First Capital Connect and Gatwick Express are running an amended timetable. This is necessary because the Thameslink Programme is rebuilding part of London Bridge station and undertaking extensive work on the tracks approaching the station. As a result, no Southern or First Capital Connect trains are running to or from London Bridge station. A revised timetable has been put in place to ensure the maximum number of services are serving other London terminals (including Blackfriars and London Victoria) and to accommodate the longer route that First Capital Connect Thameslink route trains have to take.
- Southeastern services will run normally but will be busier.
- London Overground services will not operate to and from New Cross from Tuesday 26 – Friday 29 August (services will run on the bank holiday, Monday 25 August). An enhanced London Overground service will operate between Crystal Palace and Canada Water during this time and a replacement bus service will run between New Cross, Surrey Quays and Canada Water.
- Some other National Rail, London Underground and London Overground services and stations may be busier than usual for this time of year.
- Alternative routes are available – please check with your train operator before you travel: First Capital Connect, Southern, Southeastern and Transport for London.
- During this time we will open new platforms 12 & 13 open and platforms 10 & 11 will close for redevelopment.
20 December 2014 to 4 January 2015
- Southern services will not operate to and from London Bridge.
- Southeastern services may be altered between 22 and 24 December.
- During this time we will open new platforms 10 & 11 and platforms 5 to 9 will close for redevelopment.
20 December 2014 to January 2018
- Thameslink route services will not call at London Bridge; they will be diverted via an alternative route between Blackfriars and East Croydon.
- Thameslink route services operating to and from Luton Airport and Gatwick Airport will not call at London Bridge.
January 2015 to August 2016
- Southeastern services to and from Charing Cross will not call at London Bridge .
- Southeastern services to and from Cannon Street will continue to call at London Bridge. Some diversions will take place between Charing Cross, Cannon Street and Blackfriars.
January 2015 onwards
- Southeastern services to and from New Cross, St. Johns, Deptford, Greenwich, Maze Hill, Westcombe Park, Woolwich Dockyard, Plumstead, Belvedere and Erith stations will be diverted to, and from, Cannon Street.
- The first new trains start to run on the Thameslink route from early 2016.
- The London Bridge station rebuild reaches half way with the redeveloped platforms 10-15 complete.
August 2016 to early 2018
- Southeastern services to and from Charing Cross resume calling at London Bridge.
- Southeastern services to and from Cannon Street will not call at London Bridge. Some diversions will take place between Charing Cross and Cannon Street.
- Half of the new street level concourse opens at London Bridge station with direct access to St Thomas’ Street.
- Southeastern services to and from Cannon Street resume calling at London Bridge.
- Completion of track, signalling and major bridges work around London Bridge station.
- The East Coast Mainline Great Northern route, from Peterborough and Cambridge and stations in between, is connected to the Thameslink route via tunnels at St Pancras International.
- Crossrail starts running east-west across London in late 2018, connecting with the Thameslink route at Farringdon. Full Crossrail services, including services to Heathrow, are scheduled to commence in late 2019.
Ticket acceptance during our work
The rail industry is making plans to help you get around during these disruptions. We’re also working out how these changes could affect your ticketing options, to ensure you won’t be out of pocket. For now, if you buy an annual season ticket, please continue as usual and we’ll come back to you with an update very soon.