Tuesday, 19 August 2014

London Bridge Redevelopment

The following is reprinted from The Eltham Society’s Newsletter no. 197 (August 2104): 

In January 2015, there will be some drastic changes to our local train services.   This is as a result of the works to accommodate more Thameslink services at London Bridge.   Those who travel through London Bridge will have seen the preliminary work to provide new tracks and bridges over the roads.   From January to August 2016, no trains to Charing Cross will stop at London Bridge.   Only those to Cannon Street will stop there.   From August 2016 Charing Cross trains will stop but Cannon Street trains will not.

There are many changes from January 2015 and more will become clearer nearer the time.   Further information will be given in the Society’s November Newsletter but what we know is: No Charing Cross trains will call at London Bridge, New Cross or St Johns.   From 20 December to January 2018 no Thameslink trains will go through London Bridge, therefore those of you who may have changed at London Bridge to get to King's Cross will have to travel onward via the underground.
On the line through Eltham Station, the service to/from Victoria will run later in the evening Monday to Saturday with the last train leaving Victoria at 00.09.    On Sunday all trains will run to Victoria, with the last train leaving Victoria at 23:29 and none to/from Charing Cross.

Through New Eltham, all Sunday trains will be to/from Cannon Street.
The Thameslink works are to cause serious changes at London Bridge from next January. 
As a prelude, there will be some changes at London Bridge from Saturday 23rd August to Sunday 31st August.

Most train services on Southeastern (from Eltham, New Eltham, etc.) will not change. However, during that period there will be no Southern or Thameslink trains to or through London Bridge. 

Therefore, if you are going to Gatwick or Luton Airports you will need to go via Victoria for Gatwick or the Underground to St Pancras for Luton.

Also, there will be no London Overground between New Cross and Canada Water during that period – there will be a special replacement bus service.
 There will probably be other changes throughout the country during that period so it is best to check those train services.

Further info from Nationalrail.co.uk

This information has been provided by The Eltham Society. www.theelthamsociety.org.uk

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