Network Rail has unveiled plans for the redevelopment of London Bridge station. Once complete, it will be bigger and better with a new street level concourse and room for two thirds more passengers than use the station currently.
Huge concourse, natural light
London Bridge station will have the largest concourse in the UK, filled with natural light from canopies above.
The concourse will measure 70m x 150m – bigger than Wembley Stadium’s football pitch. The platforms will sit above this concourse and passengers will be able to access them all from one place.
A bigger, better connected station
With entrances on Tooley Street and St Thomas Street, connections to and between the surrounding areas will be improved, helping to regenerate the area. Tube and bus links will be improved and lifts and escalators will provide step free access to every platform.
More Thameslink services
By reconfiguring the track, in the future there will be nine through platforms and six terminating platforms. This means there will be more trains to more destinations. However, it also means that the old train shed, above the terminating platforms, has to be taken down.
What the work will mean for Southern passengers
Whilst work is underway, there will be an effect on passenger journeys into the station. A brief overview of the effect on Southern services is provided below, but in general terms, fewer trains will stop at London Bridge. Network Rail, train operators, Transport for London and others are working together to understand in more detail what this will mean for passengers. Work will not be underway until 2013 and is expected to be complete by 2018.
Southern is working with Network Rail to ensure disruption to passengers is minimised when work begins in 2013. Currently Southern operates around 30 trains at peak times into 9 platforms at London Bridge. When work starts, although only 6 platforms will be available, 24 trains an hour are still expected to run. The plan is to lengthen these trains wherever possible to provide the maximum capacity into London Bridge. As plans are developed in more detail, the rail industry will be working hard to minimise the impact of the scheme and to keep passengers informed about potential changes to their journeys.
Have your say
Network Rail will be exhibiting its plans on the main concourse at London Bridge station between Tuesday 17 May and Friday 20 May 8am to 7pm, and Saturday 21 May 8am to 2pm. Come along and find out more.
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