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Thameslink Programme

The new station officially opened on Wednesday 9 May.

London Bridge is now officially open! 

The new London Bridge station was officially reopened by the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, on Wednesday 9 May. 

The last five years has seen a £1billion transformation, nearly doubling its passenger capacity and enabling more and faster connections for passengers.

The Thameslink programme, partnership between the Department for Transport, Network Rail, Govia Thameslink Railway, Southeastern and Siemens, has created the largest street-level station concourse in the UK for passengers to make their connections smoothly and efficiently. Work has included a major track upgrade, a new rail underpass on the approach to the station and platform widenings and extensions, all of which means 30% more trains can use the station than before. 

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?

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

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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