Network Rail has unveiled plans to transform London Bridge to create a new concourse sitting under the track on St Thomas Street and Tooley Street. There will be step-free access to all platforms from the main concourse and space for around two-thirds more passengers than use the station today. The complex, five year construction project is planned to get underway in 2013 and is scheduled to be completed in 2018. Network Rail will be seeking the views of station users, local residents and businesses, before submitting a planning application. This period of consultation will include an exhibition at London Bridge station in the week commencing 16 May.
Once work starts, Southern Rail will be restricted to only six platforms (rather than its current nine platforms). The danger is that some services may be cut into London Bridge. In order to prepare for such an outcome, Southern will be extending platform in south-east London (including Sydenham-London Bridge) to accommodate 12-carriage trains. The danger is longer but fewer trains for many years whilst London Bridge is rebuilt.
Watch this space – any cuts will be announced next year.