London Bridge plans gain formal planning consent

London Bridge plans gain formal planning consent

Network Rail’s proposal for a major redevelopment of London Bridge station has been awarded formal planning consent.

The decision means that from 2018 over 90m passengers a year – a 35m increase – will be able to travel through a brand new, state-of-the-art railway station.

London Tooley Street will feature the new station

The plans are part of the second stage of the Thameslink Programme to unlock much needed capacity on London’s rail network, and allow more services to travel to and through the capital.

By changing the way the station works for passengers and the community, the redevelopment will remove a critical railway bottleneck as well as creating better pedestrian connectivity between Tooley Street and St Thomas Street.

The work will see the transformation of one of London’s oldest and highly congested railway terminus and is a critical part of the £6bn Thameslink Programme.

Only by remodelling London Bridge station can allow the new fleet of 12-car trains operate at a metro-frequency on the Thameslink route across central London.

The project will also cover over 46 miles of new track laid in the 4.3 mile approach to the station.

New street-level entrances on Tooley Street and St Thomas Street, as well as a permanent 24-hour pedestrian walkway through Stainer Street, will create better connectivity with strong links across the station linking north and south. This further supports the role that the station plays in bringing regeneration to Southwark.

Early work, including diverting utilities and other facilities, will be undertaken this year, ahead of major construction activity. The station will be built in approximately nine phases of work, beginning in summer 2013 and complete in 2018. The station will remain operational throughout.

The final station layout will have two dedicated platforms for Thameslink services enabling 18 trains per hour through London Bridge and six further trains through Elephant and Castle to form 24 trains per hour to travel through central London. Further work will also be undertaken further along the line to alter track layouts and relieve a bottleneck on this busy stretch of track.

In a Network Rail news release, Chief Executive David Higgins said: “As well as bringing a better rail service to Southwark, we hope that the construction programme itself will help support the local community. How we build is as important as what we build and we are committed to a number of schemes such as local employment, supply chains and community engagement as well as setting up a workplace diversity and inclusion plan.”