Network Rail submits plans for London Bridge revamp

Mon 11 July 2011, 4:57 pm

Network Rail has submitted a planning application to Southwark Council for the redevelopment of London Bridge Station.

The company has also applied to demolish the listed existing roof above the terminus platforms, and conservation area consent to demolish the South Eastern Railway building on Tooley Street.

It claimed that 93 per cent of people supported the proposals during a public consultation earlier this year.

Network Rail's project director Martin Jurkowski said: “We know that passengers are crying out for the improvements our plans will bring. We are looking forward to working with London Borough of Southwark and everyone with an interest in our plans to make these improvements a reality."

The plans for London Bridge Station include a new ground-level concourse that will be bigger than the pitch at Wembley stadium.

A decision on the planning application is anticipated towards the end of 2011.

If the go-ahead is given, the five year construction project is planned to get underway fully in 2013 and scheduled to be completed in 2018. The improvements would include:

  • A new concourse at street level, with entrances on Tooley Street and St Thomas Street;
  • The concourse will be filled with natural light, through canopies that would cover the platforms
  • Step-free access to all platforms from the main concourse;
  • Space for around two thirds more passengers than use the station today;
  • An increase in the number of tracks going through the station from six to nine and a reduction from nine to six in the number of terminating platforms.