Passengers in south-east London and Kent have been thanked for their patience after a planned closure of Cannon Street last week allowed for the completion of the latest major phase of the Thameslink Programme.
Our timelapse footage shows the huge project that took place over the August Bank Holiday week to rearrange tracks at London Bridge. Work has now begun to rebuild the final remaining section of the old station.
This work could only be carried out while the tracks between London Bridge and Cannon Street were closed. Following the completion of the work on Friday, the new Southeastern timetable is fully operational, with the following major changes in place:
- Cannon Street trains will not call at London Bridge until January 2018
- Charing Cross services, via Waterloo East, are once again calling at London Bridge for the first time since January 2015
There will also be changes during the morning and evening peak until August 2017:
- Morning peak: trains from Charing Cross and Waterloo East will not stop at London Bridge on Mondays to Fridays, between 08:04 and 09:17
- Evening peak: trains to Waterloo East and Charing Cross will not stop at London Bridge on Mondays to Fridays, between 16:37 and 18:03
On Monday, two-thirds of the new concourse at London Bridge also opened to passengers, including the new platforms 7-9 for Southeastern services.
Simon Blanchflower, Thameslink Programme director for Network Rail, said: “We appreciate that the last week has been difficult for many passengers and thank them for their patience. The closure of Cannon Street was vital to allow Network Rail engineers to rebuild the tracks as part of our redevelopment of London Bridge station, part of the Railway Upgrade Plan.
“When the new station is complete in 2018, passengers will see an even bigger station with fantastic facilities and a better, more reliable railway.”
Richard Dean, train services director at Southeastern, said: “We’d like to thank our passengers for bearing with us during the ongoing rebuild of London Bridge. We’re really pleased that they’re now able to start using and enjoying part of the new station and it really does look great.
“Our new timetable does mean changes for some people; those travelling on Cannon Street trains will now have to change to get to London Bridge or use an alternative route. Charing Cross services will once again call at London Bridge, so we urge all of our passengers to check before they travel.”
Mr Dean added: “We’re really sorry that some of our passengers had their journeys disrupted last week. If you were delayed by 30 minutes or more you can claim Delay Repay compensation by visiting our website or completing a form available at any staffed station.”
To check your revised train times download the free ‘Southeastern On Track’ app or visit southeasternrailway.co.uk.