One of GLUG’s key concerns is the rebuilding of London Bridge station (part of the Thameslink Programme, whose official website is here), which began in 2012.
Between 2015 and 2018 Platforms 1-6 of the station will be re-aligned and rebuilt. This will cause huge disruption during the rebuilding works:
- From 2015 – no more direct Charing Cross trains at any time of day
- From January 2015 to August 2016 – no change at London Bridge on to other Waterloo East and Charing Cross trains
- From August 2016 to January 2018 – trains will run non-stop from Deptford to Cannon Street, not calling at London Bridge at all.
While GLUG supports the rebuilding of London Bridge station, there has been little consultation or publicity about the huge disruption it will cause – something we have fought to change.
And we’re concerned that once works are complete, passengers will have a rail service that is worse than today, not better. For 150 years, trains have run between the Greenwich line and Charing Cross station – but not for much longer if plans by Department for Transport, Southeastern and Network Rail go ahead.
It seems likely that from early 2015 there will be no more direct trains between our four Greenwich Line stations and Charing Cross. We’re campaigning for the tracks east of London Bridge to be adjusted so that Charing Cross trains can be maintained. if this really isn’t possible, we’re fighting for as easy an interchange as possible for the many thousand of extra passengers each day who will be forced to change at London Bridge.