London Bridge Track Re-alignment

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Reference: 
2013/1504
Question By: 
Len Duvall OBE
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Following the redevelopment of London Bridge, trains from the North Kent Line (via Deptford and Greenwich) will no longer terminate at Charing Cross, removing the direct link between swathes of South East London and the West End. What representation has the Mayor and TfL made to Network Rail in regard to this proposal?

Answer

Answer for London Bridge Track Re-alignment

Answer for London Bridge Track Re-alignment

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

Written response received on 1 July 2013.

The Government's Thameslink Programme will require significant changes at London Bridge to accommodate the extra trains running through the Thameslink core. Overall by 2019, this programme will provide higher frequencies, longer trains and new journey opportunities for over 100,000 commuters travelling into London Bridge each weekday from southeast London and Kent.

The changes to the railway needed to deliver these benefits do mean that some passengers wishing to travel to Charing Cross from four stations in southeast London will need to change trains at London Bridge. However, the interchange will be much improved compared to now and the onward trains to Charing Cross will be very frequent.