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London Bridge Redevelopment April 2016 Status

Vew from The Shard of work in the Spa Road vicinity on 22nd April 2016

all photographs on this page were taken by Colin Price

The massive work to re-develop London Bridge station continues steadily but seismic changes are not so regularly noticeable and hence our reports more periodic. This snapshot is on 22nd April 2016 when Colin Price took another ascent up The Shard to get a birds eye view.

(above) The 15:40 Cannon Street - Cannon Street on its return towards Cannon Street and the retreating 16.40 Charing Cross - Ramsgate/Folkestone passing in the Spa Road area. Work on the Bermondsey dive-under continues, with the Thameslink viaduct is starting to be constructed, retaining walls where the Charing Cross lines will go underneath and (not very clear in this picture) the ramp down from the eastern end of what will be the Charing Cross lines when complete.

(below) The slew-over outside London Bridge where the Up and Down Charing Cross lines leave the northern side of the viaduct to run through the new platforms 7 - 9. The 16:37 Hayes - Charing Cross is on the Up Charing Cross line and is moving alongside the departing 17:06 London Bridge - West Croydon. Further back on the left is 16+46 Grove Park - Cannon St on the Up Cannon St line with the 15:58 Brighton - London Bridge approaching on the Sussex side. The ECS heading to Cannon St is the only booked 12 car Networker in the evening peak, although there are two 12 car 465 circuits out in the morning.

The slew-over outside London Bridge where the Up and Down Charing Cross lines leave the northern side of the viaduct to run through the new platforms 7 - 9, view from The Shard taken on 22nd April 2016
Work continues at London Bridge station on platforms 4 -6 between the Cannon Street and Charing Cross lines, view from The Shard on 22nd April 2016

(above) Work continues at London Bridge station on platforms 4 -6 between the Cannon Street and Charing Cross lines. Nearest to us is the 16+57 Orpington - Charing Cross running into platform 9 on the high level side, whilst the 17:12 Cannon Street - Hayes departs platform 2 and the 15:47 Cannon Street - Cannon Street approaches platform 3. In the morning peak up Cannon Street trains use platforms 2 and 3 while down trains run out through platform 1, while in the evening Up Cannon Street trains all use platform 3 with down trains alternating between platforms 1 and 2.

(below) Which leads to the 16+05 Grove Park - Cannon Street sat on the Met Reversible awaiting a platform at Cannon Street. A number of ECS moves still run via Blackfriars Carr Road to allow extra capacity at Cannon Street, as there are insufficient paths in from the eastern end. The Met Reversible is now severed from the Up and Down Charing Cross lines, although it runs a few feet away in the area of the old Met Junction. The Met Reversible and Cannon St lines are still signalled from London Bridge box, while the lines on the new viaduct and into Charing Cross are now controlled by Three Bridges ROC. In August, when the Cannon Street platforms (1-3) at London Bridge shut and the new platforms 7-9 on the Charing Cross side at London Bridge open, there will be times when Charing Cross trains do not call at London Bridge during the high peak against the flow (i.e. morning down trains will not call and evening up trains will not call). This is to maximise the number of trains to and from Charing Cross as the contra peak flow will only have one platform, and not have the relief provided by the Met Reversible to Cannon St trains. Watch for the ballyhoo when the mainstream media wake up to this after the summer silly season - another part of Govia could be getting flak!

Tne triangle on the approaches to Cannot Street, vew from The Shard taken on 22nd April 2016.
The new Ewer Street Junction, taken from The Shard on 22nd April 2016

(above) The 15:22 Ramsgate - Charing Cross crosses to the Up Slow at the new Ewer Street junction where the Up and Down Charing Cross lines currently open out onto a four track stretch. Approaching on the Down Slow is the 17:17 Charing Cross - Ore. Both trains are in mixed livery as the 375 refresh program continues, having done all the 375/3s and majority of 375/6 units. Crossing over the top is the 16+46 Grove Park - Cannon Street running into Blackfriars Carr Road before dropping round to Cannon Street.

(below) The 17:17 Charing Cross - Ore traverses the new viaduct through Borough Market, brought into use over the Christmas/New Year period. On the right two services heading for Cannon Street, the 15:47 Cannon Street - Cannon Street stands on the Up Cannon Street line waiting to go into platform 2, while the 16:45 Slade Green - Cannon Street is about to take the Cannon Street reversible and run into platform 5. The 17:21 Cannon Street - Gravesend departs on the Down Cannon Street line, the PM 12 car 465 circuit mentioned earlier in this report. There can't be many places to get the whole 12 car in shot in this area!

The evening peak in progress outside of Cannot Street, taken from The Shard on 22nd April 2016

Earlier aspects of the re-development of London Bridge Station: