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Thameslink Programme

Closures will affect journeys over Christmas and New Year as Network Rail complete the rebuild of London Bridge station

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Closures in 2017/18

As part of the continuing work at London Bridge up until January 2018, there’ll be changes to our services. Read more on:

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?

Cannon Street trains are not stopping at London Bridge station until January 2018, when the station is complete. 
Most Charing Cross trains have resumed stopping at London Bridge. 
Charing Cross services from St Johns, New Cross, Deptford, Greenwich, Maze Hill and Westcombe Park are permanently diverted to Cannon Street.

23 December to 1 January 2018 - Major work taking place that will severely impact our trains

 London station disruptions

London stations map

  • Services will not run to or from Charing Cross, Waterloo East, Cannon Street, London Bridge, Deptford, Greenwich, Maze Hill, Westcombe Park, New Cross and St Johns for the entire 10 day period from 23 December to 1 January
  • On the three ‘working days’ from 27 December to 29 December, an amended timetable with a significantly reduced service will operate to Victoria, Blackfriars and Waterloo.
    There will be some additional high speed services and non high speed tickets will be accepted to Stratford International and St Pancras International on these three days only, between Kent and Stratford or St Pancras. 
    Check your revised times using online journey planners or download timetables using the links below. Table numbers are the same as for our normal timetable booklets except there is no bespoke high speed table.  The following timetables are valid from 27 to 29 December 2017
  • As well as the closure of stations in the London area, there are changes to all Southeastern trains over the Christmas period, including high speed service
  • There are no trains on Christmas Day or Boxing Day - high speed services will NOT run on Boxing Day this year 
  • Victoria is expected to be very busy, especially at peak times on 27, 28 and 29 December
  • We strongly suggest that, if you can, you avoid travelling at peak times
  • To help you get where you need to go Southeastern tickets will be valid on a wide range of Underground, Overground, DLR and bus routes over the festive period, as shown on this map - 

Southeastern ticket acceptance map December 2017

  • For detailed advice, including ideas for alternative routes to help you avoid the busiest services from your local station please click here.
  • Remember that from 2 January we’ll be running a revised timetable. For more details see the section below.

Read more on the January 2018 timetable

Southeastern is planning to re-instate services to and from London Bridge after the completion of major works at the station in 2018. 

This means some changes to our timetable effective from Sunday 31 December 2017; however, because of major engineering works associated with the Thameslink programme, the actual first date of full running will be Tuesday 2 January 2018.

What does this mean for passengers?  

The most significant change is that platforms 1, 2 and 3 will re-open to passenger trains and with the exception of some contra-peak direction trains on the Cannon Street side, all passenger trains will now call at London Bridge.
In addition, many trains that currently run empty to or from Charing Cross will be reinstated as passenger trains in order to serve the Charing Cross – Waterloo East – London Bridge passenger flow in the contra peak period. 
As a result of their now calling at London Bridge, trains to Cannon Street will generally arrive later than today and trains will generally depart earlier than today. So as always, please check before you travel.
Changes to the timetable are detailed in this document.

Download the January 2018 timetables now

Read more on the May 2018 consultation timetable

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