A year's worth of travel chaos predicted for London Bridge

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A year's worth of travel chaos predicted for London Bridge

A warning of up to a year's worth of disruption for rail passengers using London Bridge has been issued today.

The reasons for the disruption are down the 178-year-old station needing redevelopment and modernisation. The works that are being carried out are part of £6.5 billion Thameslink programme.

Last week the station saw major problems caused by a new timetable.

It is one of London’s busiest stations with more than 750,000 journeys through the station per day.

Rail authorities have released a list of changes that will come into affect today:

  • Southeastern trains from New Cross, St Johns, Deptford, Greenwich, Maze Hill and Westcombe Park will, from today, not stop at either Charing Cross or Waterloo East stations.
  • No trains from Charing Cross will be stopping at London Bridge until August 2016, except a limited service at the end of the day.
  • Underground stations London Bridge, Blackfriars, Cannon Street, Embankment, Charing Cross, Elephant and Castle, Southwark, Victoria and Waterloo are expected to be busier as people look for alternative routes.

This comes as a report by Network Rail has been published into the problems in the capital over Christmas caused by late running engineering works.

Mark Carne, the Chief Executive of Network Rail released this statement:

“Over Christmas, we undertook the biggest programme of engineering and investment work ever, on train lines across the country. Ninety-nine per cent went to plan but in the case of King's Cross and Paddington we let passengers down. I sincerely apologise for the disruption over the festive period and we are determined to learn the lessons so that we can continue to make the improvements the travelling public deserve."

London Live’s Jake Tupman was there for us this evening to see how the new work was effecting travellers.

Today's report and latest phase of works at London Bridge come ahead of a planned 24 hour strike tomorrow by thousands of London bus drivers.

Rich Ferrer, the Editor of the Jewish News joined The Evening News to discuss wether our transport in the capital reflects the service.

 

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