New pictures showing the progress of work on London Bridge railway station have been released by Network Rail.
And the company says that passengers from South London and Sussex – including the Uckfield Line – will be able to enjoy the first part of the new massive concourse in a month’s time.
Hoardings will come down on platforms for Southern and Thameslink trains over the August Bank Holiday and the first two-thirds of the station underneath the feet of passengers will open for business.
Passengers on Southeastern trains travelling from East Sussex are advised that there will be changes to their services and to check before they travel.
The concourse will be the largest in Britain when completed in January 2018. Network Rail and contractors Costain have been constructing it for the past four years.
Building work is due to move away from the Southern and future Thameslink platforms towards the north of the station, where trains to Cannon Street run.
Network Rail says, in a press release, that lifts, stairs and escalators will link the new concourse with platforms and give passengers new routes out of the station, as well as new shops and cafes.
Thameslink programme director Simon Blanchflower said: “Passengers have been using our new platforms for some time, with the work on the new concourse hidden behind hoardings.”
“This August we will open the doors for the first two-thirds of the new station and people will see the massive scale of the work we have been doing, as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan.”
Sense of space
“We still have some way to go and building work will continue until 2018 – however I know people will enjoy their new station and the sense of space that it brings.
“In addition, our work to build the new railway junction at Bermondsey is progressing well which in due course will help the reliability of trains into London Bridge from East Croydon and beyond.”
Dyan Crowther, chief operating officer at Govia Thameslink Railway, said: “We’re thrilled that this major phase of the station is nearing completion. The new lower concourse with a permanent ticket office and escalators to our Southern platforms above will be welcomed by passengers.
Increasing frequency and capacity
“We look forward to the end of the project, in 2018, when our Thameslink services can return to London Bridge, increasing frequency and capacity on the route.”
Richard Dean, train services director at Southeastern, said: “We’re really pleased that our passengers will be able to start using the new station.
“There’s still a lot of work to do and we need to make major changes to our services to allow the next phrase to happen. We ask that passengers check southeasternrailway.co.uk/august for full details of how their services will be affected, especially on the working days, Tuesday, August 30 – Thursday, September 1, when we’ll be running fewer trains than normal.”
Charing Cross services
Passengers from Sussex who interchange with Southeastern at London Bridge will find a change in services from this August, as Cannon Street trains will no longer call at the station. However, Charing Cross services, via Waterloo East, will begin again. London Bridge is expected to be busier during this time and queueing systems may be in place.
People heading for the Tube will have a variety of different routes open to them, including a peak time route through the new concourse, the existing concourse under the Shard and also out through the new entrances and exits onto St Thomas Street.
The complete station will open to passengers in January 2018.