Commuters in South East London are bracing themselves for travel disruption as major changes to Southeastern services begin today.
Southeastern's Charing Cross trains are no longer calling at London Bridge until August 2016 as the next stage of the station's £6.5bn Government-sponsored Thameslink Programme gets underway.
Passengers who need London Bridge will have to catch a Cannon Street service or interchange enroute.
Charing Cross services to and from New Cross, St Johns, Deptford, Greenwich, Maze Hill and Westcombe Park will be permanently diverted to and from Cannon Street.
There will also be fewer peak trains - two fewer trains in the morning and four fewer trains in the evening peak.
The line will be served by longer trains to boost capacity in peak hours.
Transport for London has warned that further modernisation works are to start at London Bridge on Monday which will cause more disruption for passengers trying to use the station. There have already been severe problems there this week after works meant the train timetable had to be changed. From Monday, there will be several new changes to train services:
- Southeastern rail services to and from Charing Cross will not call at London Bridge.
- Southeastern services from New Cross, St. Johns, Deptford, Greenwich, Maze Hill and Westcombe Park stations will no longer operate to and from London Charing Cross or Waterloo East, and will instead operate to and from London Cannon Street.
- No Bedford to Brighton Thameslink trains will call at London Bridge station until January 2018.
Passengers are being warned to avoid Canada Water station at peak times if they can and Underground and Overground stations in the area will be much busier. Extra buses are being added to routes 21, 47 and 381 and Cannon Street station will be open for longer.
We are accepting tickets at key stations from passengers whose journeys to London Bridge are affected, and deploying extra staff to assist customers and putting on dozens of extra bus services out of London Bridge and Waterloo. We will continue to keep all our customers informed with regular travel information via our staff, website and social media. As always, if you have the flexibility to do so, please think about timing your journey outside the busiest times.
The disruption at London Bridge Station is expected to last until the end of service tonight, National Rail have said.
Before tonight's rush-hour, Boris Johnson met executives from Network Rail. He said:
I know Network Rail are very apologetic for any inconvenience and delays passengers have experienced.
This is a vast project which will produce massive benefits for all travellers at and into London Bridge. It involves the total rebuilding of the oldest commuter railway station in the world.
There will inevitably be disruption from these huge improvements, but they have reassured us that they are straining every muscle to keep that disruption to an absolute minimum.
National Rail Enquiries says that the disruption is likely to last until at least 10pm.
Passengers are being allowed to use their tickets on buses between London Bridge and East Croydon, Purley and Caterham, on London Overground and London Underground services on 'reasonable routes' and the Tramlink between Beckenham Junction and East Croydon.
We apologise for disruption again tonight. If any minor consolation, we hope at least your experience on the station was improved tonight.
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