Biggest station redevelopment in a generation unveiled
New industry campaign encourages passengers to find out how it may affect them.
Today marks an important day in the future of London’s transport system, as phase two of the government funded Thameslink Programme is launched at London Bridge station.
As well as an ambitious redevelopment of London Bridge station, the scheme involves major surgery on miles of outdated track and signalling, with upgrades from Bedford to Brighton and on other rail routes that serve London Bridge and ultimately a fleet of new state-of-the-art trains.
Robin Gisby, managing director of Network Operations at Network Rail, said:
“This will be the most ambitious redevelopment of any London station in a generation and one of the most technically demanding projects ever undertaken on our railway.
“It is only possible because of the partnership that we have built with the train operators, Transport for London and our suppliers. But ultimately its success will be defined by the passengers who use the station. The benefits will be massive, but we need their help and support to make it happen.”
In a joint statement, train operators First Capital Connect, Southeastern and Southern commented: “This project will mean more trains and better journeys for passengers. A critical part of the plans is providing passengers with good information. That’s why we are looking to build on some of the best practice seen during London 2012, and launching a new campaign – supported by the whole industry – to promote awareness.”
Network Rail will carry out the work to the station and track in distinct phases, each having a different impact on train services. This means a number of shorter periods of disruption rather than all passengers being impacted for the full duration of the project. The biggest changes include:
December 2012: The London Overground extension opens 9th December, benefiting passengers using Denmark Hill and Peckham Rye, coinciding with the withdrawal of Southern’s South London Line services between Victoria and London Bridge via Denmark Hill. The timing of many of Southern’s services to and from London Bridge will be changing from 9 December as a result of the station works.
May 2013: Platforms 14-16 are taken out of use to enable redevelopment work. Some services will be retimed and platform changes required.
December 2014 to 2018*: Thameslink route services to and from central London diverted away from London Bridge.
2015 to 2016*: Services to Charing Cross unable to call at London Bridge station.
2016 to late 2017*: Services to Cannon Street unable to call at London Bridge station.
(*Latter timings subject to ongoing planning)
A New Information Campaign
The first wave involves “meet the project” sessions at 14 destinations across London and the South East for a two week period, 75,000 information leaflets being distributed, and the relaunch of www.thameslinkprogramme.co.uk, which will become a one stop shop for the latest information with regular news alerts being sent to those who sign up.
When fully complete in 2018, London Bridge will have the biggest concourse in the UK. Lifts and escalators will take passengers to every platform, whilst new entrances on Tooley Street and St Thomas Street will mean better access to local cycling, walking and bus routes. Congestion on the Northern line at London Bridge Underground station will be reduced and the capacity for train services stopping at the station between 8am and 9am will increase from 70 to a maximum of 88.
About the Thameslink Programme
The work at London Bridge will unlock the full potential of the £6bn Government-funded Thameslink Programme. As well as rebuilding key stations, the programme will connect many destinations north and south of London and delivers a brand new fleet of high capacity, high frequency trains.
Phase two of the programme will involve undertaking construction work on the track and signalling on seven miles of railway in South East London around London Bridge station and entirely rebuilding several bridges. This phase also includes creating a link at St Pancras to services from Cambridge, Peterborough, and builds on the success of phase one of the scheme has seen Blackfriars and Farringdon stations rebuilt, new services introduced, and the first longer trains introduced on the Thameslink route
About London Bridge station
London Bridge is London’s oldest station, first built in 1836. Its 55 million users make it one of the busiest stations with 50% more passengers than Gatwick Airport and more than twice the number it was designed for. Despite recent improvements to the bus station and a new concourse next to the Shard, it remains a dark and crowded station with poor links to other forms of transport and a blocker to regeneration of the local area.