Reminder of major closures affecting Southeastern rail passengers
There are now less than two weeks until major closures affecting Southeastern rail passengers using London Bridge station between Saturday 26 August and Saturday 2 September. These improvement works are part of the government-sponsored Thameslink Programme, which will transform north-south travel through London and help us to meet the huge rise in demand from passengers.
See below for key information about the disruption. The full details and timetable can be found on our website http://southeasternrailway.co.uk/thameslink
What’s the impact on our services?
There will be no Southeastern trains at London Bridge station for eight days from Saturday 26 August to Saturday 2 September.
The only exception will be Hastings Line trains using the low-level platforms on Monday 28 August.
Waterloo East and Charing Cross stations are also closed for these eight days, and we’ll be running fewer trains. On the four working days affected, trains will run into Cannon Street, Victoria, Blackfriars and Waterloo.
We’re expecting these stations to be busier than usual, and there will be two queuing systems at Cannon Street – one on Dowgate Hill, and the other outside the front of the station. This may mean that passengers need to queue to enter the station during the evening peak, and this will add time to their journeys.
Support for our passengers
We have ticket arrangements in place to allow our passengers to use reasonable alternative routes where theirs is disrupted, including specific TfL bus, underground, overground and DLR services. The full details of this are in the attached Q&A. We’ll be promoting this information to passengers, and will have additional staff at a number of stations to provide assistance, and with maps for passengers’ onward journeys.
The graphic below shows where trains will be running for the four working days during the eight-day closure of London Bridge.
What’s happening once the closures are completed
Platform six at London Bridge station will be opened after this closure, allowing Charing Cross trains that are currently unable to stop at the station to do so once again. As a result of this improvement in the service, interim ticket acceptance arrangements on certain Tube and bus services will be partially withdrawn.
Until December 2017, platforms may feel more crowded than usual and we will be asking passengers to wait on the concourse until their train is announced. We have robust plans in place to manage this, but passengers may prefer to travel from other London stations in the evenings, where possible.