Tooley Street returns to two-way operation
Tooley Street reopened to two-way traffic on Saturday 24 February. This was to help minimise impact on the road network while Cadent (formerly National Grid Gas) carried out emergency repair works to a gas main on Gracechurch Street.
Due to the competing demands on Tooley Street (buses, taxi’s, cyclists, general traffic and freight), no decision has yet been made about the future operation but the primary concern for TfL is that the operation is safe.
Upcoming Tooley Street closures
There will be several complete closures of Tooley Street and Duke Street Hill to road users between Borough High Street and Bermondsey Street.
Closures in 2018 (subject to change):
- 01:30hrs Saturday 21 April to 05:00hrs Sunday 22 April
- 01:30hrs Saturday 28 April to 05:00hrs Monday 30 April
- 01:30hrs Saturday 5 May to 05:00hrs Tuesday 8 May
- 01:30hrs Saturday 12 May to 05:00hrs Monday 14 May
- 01:00hrs Saturday 26 May to 05:00hrs Tuesday 29 May
Throughout these closures pedestrian access will be maintained. Controlled motor vehicle entry will also be maintained where possible for deliveries and residents via Borough High Street only. All other traffic should follow the diversion route via Borough High Street, Great Dover Street and Tower Bridge Road. There will be signs in place highlighting this diversionary route.
There will also be closures of Bermondsey Street every weekend up to and including 24/25 March 2018.
Tuesday 3 May 2016 until 2018 – road users
Tooley Street is closed to eastbound traffic from Borough High Street to Bermondsey Street. Follow the diversion route via Borough High Street, Great Dover Street and Tower Bridge Road. Please allow more time for your journey, especially during the peak hours of 07:00 – 10:00 and 16:00 – 19:00 on weekdays.
The footpath on the station side of the road is closed to pedestrians from Joiner Street to Bermondsey Street. The footpath on the other side of the road will remain open throughout the closure.
Cyclists will be able to travel in both directions on Tooley Street.
The taxi rank on Tooley Street moves to Bermondsey Street and remains there once the new station is completed.
Routes 47, 343, 381, N199 and RVI will be on diversion. The diversions around Tooley Street were co-ordinated in collaboration with Transport for London and the London Borough of Southwark.
- Route 47 – towards Catford Bus Garage will be diverted at London Bridge to run via Borough High Street, Great Dover Street, Bricklayer Arms, Tower Bridge Road and then back to its usual routeing at Tooley Street.
- Route 343 – towards City Hall will be diverted at Borough High Street to run via Great Dover Street, Bricklayers Arms, Tower Bridge Road and then back to its usual routeing at Queen Elizabeth Street.
- Route N343 – there will be no change to this route.
- Route 381- towards Peckham will be diverted at Southwark Street to run via Southwark Bridge Road, Marshalsea Road, Great Dover Street, Bricklayer’s Arms, Tower Bridge Road and then back to its usual routeing at Tooley Street.
- Route N381 – towards Peckham will be diverted at Southwark Street to run via Southwark Bridge Road, Marshalsea Road, Great Diver Street, Bricklayer’s Arms, Tower Bridge Road and then back to its usual routeing at Tooley Street.
- Route N199 – towards St Mary Cray will be diverted at London Bridge to run via Borough High Street, Great Dover Street. Bricklayer’s Arms, Tower Bridge Road and then back to its usual routeing at Tooley Street.
- Route RV1 – towards Tower Gateway will be diverted eastbound at Borough High Street to run via London Bridge, Eastcheap, Great Tower Street, Byward Street and Tower Hill to Tower Gateway. There will be no change to westbound routeing.
From Saturday 30 April, the following eastbound bus stops will be closed:
- Stop R: Tooley Street/London Bridge station
- Stop H: Hay’s Galleria / Abbots Lane
- Stop J: City Hall
To board a bus, you can use the following stops:
- 47 – towards Catford Bus Garage: stop Y (London Bridge) and S (Boss Street)
- 343 – towards City Hall: stop D or a short walk to Tower Gateway
- 381 – towards Peckham: stop SW (Southwark Street) and S (Boss Street)
- RV1 – towards Tower Gateway: stop M or a short walk to Tower Gateway
- N199 – towards St Mary Cray: stop S (Boss Street) and SW (Southwark Street)
- N381 – towards Peckham: stop SW (Southwark Street) and S (Boss Street)
Access to the bus station and westbound stops on Tooley Street (M, R and S) won’t be affected.
Find out how your bus may be affected at tfl.gov.uk/bus/status
Follow @TfLBusAlerts on Twitter for the latest bus updates.
Information for businesses
You can help keep your staff and visitors informed by:
- Making the information available through your internal communications channels
- Encouraging staff to sign up for our passenger email or SMS alert at ThameslinkProgramme.co.uk and follow us on Twitter @TLProgramme
- If your business is affected, update the ‘find us’ section on your website
Follow the links below to download copies of collateral to use around your office.
- Digital copies of posters for cyclists, delivery drivers and pedestrians to be displayed in cycle storage areas, loading bays and around the office
- Suggested text for internal communications
- Digital copy of walking map of the London Bridge station area
- Digital copy of A5 delivery and Tooley Street leaflets
To request hard copies of the A5 delivery leaflet or Tooley Street leaflet please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any queries about the work taking place in your area please call Network Rail’s dedicated 24-hour National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41.
Why is Tooley Street closed?
As our work moved across the station we needed to locate a worksite on Tooley Street. From 30 April 2016, we started work on the new station entrance on Tooley Street and from August 2016 we began to rebuild platforms 1 to 3.
We need to extend the worksite beyond the station footprint to safely undertake the work on the station front. This means we must close the southern footpath and one lane of traffic.
This has been agreed with Southwark Council and Transport for London.
The footpaths are already very busy, how will you ensure the safety of pedestrians?
Prior to the road closure we removed various pieces of street furniture, including lamp posts, and a post box etc, on the northern footpath to create more space on the walkway.
We also widened the northern footpath to reduce pinch points.
How will deliveries get to businesses on Tooley Street?
All vehicles wanting to travel east down Tooley Street need to follow the diversion route via Borough High Street, Great Dover Street and Tower Bridge Road.
How will Thameslink Programme deliveries get to site?
The site entrance is on Tooley Street by the Shipwright Arms and the exit is opposite Hays Lane. There are traffic marshals at the site entrance and exit to safely manage vehicles entering and leaving the site.