Two-thirds of the new concourse at London Bridge station is set to open to passengers on Monday 29 August.
Work has been underway at the station for over three years, and during the weekend of 20-21 August volunteers from Network Rail, Southeastern and the Department for Transport tested the new concourse, platforms and facilities ahead of the opening. The remainder of the concourse will fully open in January 2018.
The rebuilding work is part of the Thameslink Programme, which will facilitate an enhanced cross-London service in December 2018. Track layout alterations on the approaches to the station seek to improve the flow of services and reduce conflicting moves, with dedicated tracks provided for Thameslink services, while the station itself will gain additional capacity from the opening of the new concourse which will connect the low and high level platforms.
Network Rail says the new concourse will be the largest in Britain and bigger than the pitch at Wembley Stadium. Platforms will be fully accessible via lifts, stairs and escalators, and there will be new station entrances and exits, new shops, cafes and retail facilities and a new ticket office.
While the rebuilding work takes place, services through London Bridge have been subject to major alterations. Since January 2015 trains to Charing Cross have not been calling at London Bridge while Network Rail completes construction of the new through platforms 7 to 9 at the high level station; Cannon Street services have continued to call during this period. After the latest works this situation will be reversed, with the new platforms 7 to 9 coming into use and Charing Cross services calling at the station again, while Cannon Street services will no longer stop to allow rebuilding work to take place on these platforms. All trains are due to begin calling at the station again in January 2018.
On Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 August there will be no trains through London Bridge station at all, with services diverted to Victoria, Blackfriars and New Cross. While the concourse will then open on Monday 29 August, there will be no services to Cannon Street for a further four days, with trains diverted to Charing Cross, Blackfriars or New Cross. Services between London Bridge and Charlton via Greenwich will not run throughout the six-day period, with a replacement bus operating to New Cross. Cannon Street services will resume on Friday 2 September.