Network Rail is delivering the £6.5bn Thameslink Programme, sponsored by Government, which will transform north south travel through London when it is completed in 2018. As part of the programme they are entirely rebuilding London Bridge rail station and completely realigning the tracks in the approach to the station to reduce delays.
From 20 December and throughout next year, journeys to or from London will change as they work to improve the railway continues. These changes include:
- 20 December 2014 to 4 January 2015
- No Southern or Thameslink trains will stop at London Bridge
- There will also be changes to other services, including Southern and Gatwick Express services to Victoria and London Overground and Underground
- 22 to 24 December
- During the morning peak, some trains to Charing Cross will not call at London Bridge
- 5 January 2015 to January 2018
- No Bedford to Brighton Thameslink trains will call at London Bridge station for the entire period
- A service will run every 30 mins between Brighton and London Bridge in the off-peak until approx 20.00 and a very limited service will run at peak times
- 12 January 2015 to August 2016
- Southeastern trains to Charing Cross will not stop at London Bridge for 20 months
- Some Southeastern stations will have all trains diverted to Cannon Street, with no trains calling at Charing Cross or Waterloo East
Passengers can find out how their journeys will be affected by checking our service information page.
There are alternative routes into London
The impacts on journeys will depend on the particular services you currently use. Some passengers will be required to make a different journey choice from their home station, to change onto a different National Rail service outside London or as a last resort use London Underground or buses to reach their destination.
TfL are strongly advising passengers to follow their travel advice to avoid crowding and possible delays or being charged extra.
Timetables and routing advice are available from your relevant train operator’s website: