The Thameslink Programme is reducing delays and creating more reliable journeys for you through central London. This has been made possible by untangling the track on the approaches to London Bridge, one of the oldest railway layouts in Europe, which previously led to bottlenecks on both sides of London’s fourth busiest station.
Our work to the east, creating a huge new railway junction at Bermondsey, and to the west, delivering a new viaduct above Borough Market, has reduced the time your train has to wait for platforms to clear, improving reliability and cutting delays.
Bermondsey Dive Under
The Bermondsey Dive Under is a new railway junction that enables each train service to have its own dedicated line into London Bridge station. Previously this historic section of track, which dated back over 150 years, featured some of the most complex track layouts around – contributing to delays in and out of the station.
The new junction allows Southeastern trains travelling from Kent to ‘dive under’ the Sussex lines used by Southern and Thameslink trains. This relieves the bottleneck in this area and improves the travel experience for millions of passengers travelling to and through London Bridge.
As part of the works, 20 bridges between New Cross and Waterloo East were also strengthened to cater for a Tube-like service of trains every 2-3 minutes through central London. Work on the Dive Under was completed in December 2016, with the first passenger service running through it on 3 January 2017.
The new Borough Viaduct runs alongside the existing rail bridge above Borough Market and was brought into use in January 2016. It is reducing delays for passengers by having doubled the number of tracks heading west out of London Bridge, increasing the number of trains that can travel through the station to Charing Cross, Blackfriars and beyond. The Viaduct is four times as long as Buckingham Palace, stretching from Metropolitan Junction to London Bridge station.
The design has preserved as much of the local heritage as possible:
- The listed Globe pub was retained and the Victorian market roof was taken off site to be refurbished before being reinstalled when the viaduct was complete.
- Borough Market traded as usual throughout the works. Some pitches were moved to a purpose-built trading space within the existing market footprint, and were moved back to the main market hall when work was completed.
- With its tubular bow truss, the bridge is a key statement in the project and forms a striking new gateway to the City of London.