Spotlight on Easter: London Bridge improvements

London Bridge improvements are part of the Thameslink Programme.

Over the Easter bank holiday weekend (14-17 April), we will be working to deliver more than 200 projects on the rail network across Britain as part of the Railway Upgrade Plan.

The work we’re doing will provide more and faster services to help relieve over-crowding on the railway. Passenger numbers have doubled in the last 20 years, and this growth is set to continue. Around 22,500 trains run every day in Britain – nearly 1.7 billion passenger journeys each year. Another 400 million rail journeys will be made by 2020.

We plan our larger work projects over bank holidays as they’re generally quiet periods, with fewer passengers travelling by rail – find out more here about why we plan work for bank holidays.

If you’re travelling over the bank holiday, please remember to check your journey plans on Nationalrail.co.uk, as there will be changes to rail services in some areas.

What’s the Thameslink Programme?

It 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 to and through London from Brighton all the way to Cambridge, Bedford and Peterborough.

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 completed work at major stations including Blackfriars and Farringdon to make them more accessible and modern, and improved smaller stations and lengthened platforms across the Programme.

Since 2013, the Thameslink Programme has been rebuilding London Bridge station, while keeping it open to the travelling public. The £1bn redevelopment project is now in its third and final phase and on course to complete on time in 2018. When finished, the station will have 15 entirely rebuilt platforms, better facilities and a concourse bigger than the pitch at Wembley station for the 56 million passengers that pass through it each year.

What work is happening at London Bridge over Easter?

This Easter our ‘orange army’ of engineers will be realigning the tracks so that non-stopping Cannon Street trains, which currently run through platforms 5 and 6, will travel via platforms 1 and 2. Cannon Street services will continue to run straight through London Bridge, without stopping.

These works, alongside other track and signalling upgrades, support the programme to bring platform 6 into passenger use in August for Charing Cross services.

Why we’re redeveloping London Bridge station

The new 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.

The redesigned station will be a focal point for Southwark and 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.

Easter weekend services

  • No Southeastern trains to or from Charing Cross, Waterloo East and London Bridge on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 April
  • No trains to or from Cannon Street between Friday 14 and Monday 17 April inclusive
  • No Southeastern trains at Deptford, Greenwich, Maze Hill or Westcombe Park over the four-day weekend; passengers wishing to attend Tall Ships Royal Greenwich 2017 should be aware of alternative options

Up-to-date travel information at Nationalrail.co.uk

Find out more

London Bridge improvements

Thameslink Programme

Our South East route

Above: A lorry delivers part of the new staircase that will lead up to platforms 3 and 4
Top: Platforms 3 and 4 are prepped for concrete to be added to the surface