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Thameslink Programme

Work is almost complete, the new station is due to officially open in May 2018.

Countdown to completion

The countdown to completion of the transformation of London Bridge now begins. While the majority of the work has taken place, Network Rail still have some jobs to do in the station and on the tracks, but this work will be finished during evenings and weekends, rather than on working days.

Full completion of the station is due in May 2018.

Rebuilding London Bridge station

What is the Thameslink Programme and why do we need it?

The multi-billion pound government sponsored Thameslink Programme is one of the UK’s most innovative and largest transport infrastructure improvement programmes. It will transform north-to-south travel through London by providing new direct links from south of London to the East Coast mainline (Peterborough and Cambridge). It will also increase the capacity of London Bridge station and provide more reliable journeys thanks to new trains, track and signalling. Up to 24 Thameslink trains an hour in each direction will run through central London at the busiest times.
The frequent service between St Pancras International, Farringdon, City Thameslink, Blackfriars and London Bridge or Elephant & Castle, will provide relief for busy London Underground routes, especially the Northern line. 

What’s going on at London Bridge station?

Work to expand the station will be completed in 2018

  • There will be nine new ‘through’ platforms – two of which will be dedicated to Thameslink services – and six new terminating platforms
  • All platforms will have step-free access
  • Station facilities will be improved with new shops and cafes
  • There will be a huge new concourse, bigger than the pitch at Wembley Stadium
  • Railway lines will be untangled so fewer trains will be delayed outside the station waiting for platforms to clear 

What changes are currently affecting Southeastern services?

Charing Cross services from St Johns, New Cross, Deptford, Greenwich, Maze Hill and Westcombe Park are permanently diverted to Cannon Street.
Check if planned engineering work will affect your journey. 

January 2018 timetable changes

There were major changes over Christmas while Network Rail undertook the final major work at London Bridge as part of the Thameslink Programme.
Following that, Southeastern introduced a new timetable on 2 January. 

  • New platforms 1, 2 & 3 opened at London Bridge, meaning trains to and from Cannon Street have resumed calling at London Bridge. 
  • Most services to/from Cannon Street now arrive one minute later or depart one minute earlier, to allow time for the new stop at London Bridge. 
  • Some services that were diverted long-term as a result of the ongoing London Bridge work have been restored to normal. 
  • There were minor changes to times and stops on most of our routes

More detail on the January 2018 timetable changes can be downloaded here, and the actual timetables can be downloaded here

Ticket acceptance from January 2018

From Tuesday 2 January, as Thameslink services will not be running between London Bridge and London Blackfriars until later in the year, passengers with a valid ticket travelling between London Bridge and London Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon and St Pancras International may use the following routes:

  • Northern Line between London Bridge and St Pancras International.
  • Southeastern service to London Cannon Street then District or Circle Line to London Blackfriars. Passengers can resume their journey from London Blackfriars.

Buses will no longer accept Southeastern tickets. 

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