New London Bridge

An artist impression of the New London Bridge Station

Network Rail and Southeastern are embarking on a series of roadshows at stations that will be affected by work starting at London Bridge next year.

The first change we’ll notice is the end of the Victoria-London Bridge line via Denmark Hill. That stops running on 8 December, the idea being that the Overground extension to Clapham Junction, opening 9 December, will take some of the strain (if not actually going into zone 1). Next May, platforms 14, 15 and 16 will close, with 14 and 15 reopening in spring 2014 with nice new canopies.

Thameslink trains won’t call at London Bridge at peak times from December 2014, though there’s still some debate about whether an off-peak service from Brighton can be maintained. If you’re on a train to or from Charing Cross, it won’t stop at London Bridge at all from 2015 as work starts on redeveloping platforms 4, 5 and 6 and creating new through lines to ease the stupid and constant bottleneck-caused delays. And then, just as Charing Cross trains start stopping again in 2016, Cannon Street trains will bypass the station until 2017.

It will be a massive pain in the arse but worth it if we never have to hear the phrase “we’re sorry for the delay to your journey, this is being caused by congestion at London Bridge” again. To find out more, head for these information sessions:

Bedford

Wednesday 7th November (17:00-19:30)

Brighton

Thursday 1st November (18:00-19:00)
Friday 2nd November (07:00 – 09:30)

Cannon Street

Tuesday 30th October (08:00 – 10:00)
Tuesday 6th November (08:00 – 10:00)

Charing Cross

Tuesday 30th October (08:00 – 10:00)
Wednesday 7th November (08:00 – 10:00)

Greenwich

Thursday 8th November (16:00 – 19:00)

Harpenden

Thursday 8th November (17:00-19.30)

London Bridge

Monday 29th October (07:30 – 10:00)
Wednesday 31st October (07:30 – 10:00 & 16:30 – 19:00)
Monday 5th November (07:30 – 10:00)
Thursday 8th November (07.30 – 10.00 & 16.30 – 19.00)

Luton

Tuesday 30th October (17:00 – 19:30)

Orpington

Thursday 1st November (16:00 – 19:30)

Sevenoaks

Wednesday 7th November (16:30 – 19:30)

St Albans

Monday 29th October (17:00-19:30)

Three Bridges

Monday 5th November (18:00 – 20:00)
Tuesday 6th November (07:00 – 09:30)

Tonbridge

Wednesday 31st October (17:00 – 19:30)

Tunbridge Wells

Tuesday 30th October (17:00 – 19:30)

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