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Easter spotlight: Thameslink Programme London Bridge station upgrade

07 March 2016

Over the Easter bank holiday, more than 15,000 members of Network Rail’s Orange Army will be working night and day to deliver £60m of improvements to the railway as part of the £40bn Railway Upgrade Plan.

This series of bite-size features takes a closer look at the work they’ll be carrying out across Britain to create a better, more reliable railway.


What’s the Thameslink Programme?

The Thameslink Programme will transform north-south travel through London by 2018, helping to meet the huge rise in demand for passenger train services. As more stations are linked to the Thameslink route as part of the Programme, there’ll be more travel options through and from London. 

A new rail hub at Farringdon will connect the Thameslink and Crossrail railway lines, providing direct links to three major airports (Gatwick, Heathrow and Luton) and St Pancras International station.

We’ve already completed work to make Blackfriars, Farringdon and other stations more spacious, accessible and modern. 

Work started in 2013 on rebuilding London Bridge station to create a concourse bigger than the pitch at Wembley for the 56 million passengers that pass through it each year. 

What will the work over Easter involve?

From Friday 25 March to Sunday 27 March, the redevelopment of London Bridge station will continue. This will be alongside work on the line between Cannon Street and New Cross to detangle the track on the approaches to London Bridge station, which will reduce the time that trains wait for platforms to clear, cutting down delays. 

Why are we doing the work?

The work at London Bridge is in preparation for the next phase of changes in August, when services to Cannon Street will stop calling at the station – as work starts on rebuilding platforms one to three – services to Charing Cross will resume and the southern concourse will open.

The spacious, light-filled concourse and improved facilities will revolutionise one of London’s busiest stations, and a public space alongside the new Tooley Street entrance will create a fitting gateway. 

As well as being a focal point for Southwark, the redesigned station will revitalise the local area. A new walking route will open up a link between communities north and south of the railway line, with space for retailers and cafes making it a destination for locals and visitors alike.

As well as the station’s more modern, open feel, with better access, the easier connections to other rail services and the underground will make it more attractive to passengers and businesses.

How will Easter train services be affected?

From Friday 25 March to Sunday 27 March, inclusive, there will be no trains from Cannon Street, Deptford, Greenwich, Maze Hill or Westcombe Park and no Southeastern services from London Bridge. 

Services will be diverted to Charing Cross, Victoria, Blackfriars or New Cross – with regular Southeastern passenger services to Tunbridge Wells running instead from Charing Cross – and passengers will also be able to use Southeastern tickets on the Underground and Overground.

Find out more

See the Thameslink Programme website 

Passengers are advised to check journeys on the National Rail Enquiries website before travelling over the Easter bank holiday.