The Thameslink Programme will increase train capacity on one of Europe's busiest stretches of railway - the Thameslink route, north - south through central London.
What's happening now?
Work has started at London Bridge station, arguably the most important single part of the project. When complete the new concourse will be the largest in the UK and passengers will be able to access all platforms from one place for the first time in the history of the station.
In May 2013 Network Rail closed platforms 14, 15 & 16. They’re currently working on the platforms as well as the track and signalling several miles outside the station.
The impact on passengers has been minimal but has meant changes to walking routes for passengers, platform changes and the retiming of some Southern train services.
- The first two new platforms open at London Bridge (14 & 15) with new longer and wider canopies to protect passengers from the rain.
- As the two new platforms open, other platforms (12 & 13) close for redevelopment. We’ll continue to do this throughout the development until all 15 new platforms are rebuilt. We’ll make sure we tell you in advance.
23 - 31 August 2014
- No Southern services will call at London Bridge. Some Thameslink route services will be retimed and some Southeastern services may be altered. This includes four working days after the late August bank holiday.
20 December 2014 to 4 January 2015
- No Southern or Thameslink route services will call at London Bridge for 16 days. This includes three working days before and after Christmas.
December 2014 to January 2018
- Thameslink services between Bedford and Brighton through central London will be diverted away from London Bridge and will run via Herne Hill instead. There are plans to maintain an off-peak service between London Bridge station, Gatwick Airport and Brighton. Once more details are available, we’ll share it with you.
January 2015 to August 2016
- Southeastern services to and from Charing Cross will not to call at London Bridge as Network Rail redevelop platforms and work on the associated track and signalling.
- Southeastern services to and from Cannon Street will still call at London Bridge. Some diversions will take place between Charing Cross, Cannon Street and Blackfriars.
January 2015 onwards
- Greenwich line, New Cross and St. John's station services are diverted to Cannon Street from January 2015 onwards.
- The first new Thameslink trains will be used on the Thameslink route.
- The station redevelopment work reaches half way with the redeveloped platforms 10-15 complete.
August 2016 to early 2018
- Southeastern services to and from Charing Cross services resume calling at the station.
- Southeastern services to and from Cannon Street services will not call at London Bridge as Network Rail redevelop platforms and work on the associated track and signalling. Some diversions will place between Charing Cross and Cannon Street.
- Half of the new street level concourse opens at London Bridge station with direct access to St Thomas’ Street.
- Cannon Street services resume calling at the station.
- Completion of track, signalling and major bridges work around London Bridge station. New bigger and brighter station opens.
- The East Coast Mainline Great Northern route, from Peterborough and Cambridge and stations in between are connected to the Thameslink route via tunnels at St Pancras International.
- Crossrail is complete and starts running east-west across London connecting with the Thameslink route at Farringdon.
Information taken from www.thameslinkprogramme.co.uk Aug 30 2013.