05/16/2011 AT 08:07
The plans include a new concourse that is bigger than the pitch at Wembley, which will sit underneath the tracks. Two new entrances will be constructed on Tooley Street and St Thomas Street, which will improve links between the areas around the station. Coupled with changes and improvements to the rail infrastructure around the station, the investment in the area will mark the final phase of the Thameslink programme to deliver longer trains and more frequent services to more destinations.
Martin Jurkowski, Network Rail's project director leading the London Bridge redevelopment, said: “Passengers want more space, less congestion and a station that is easier to get around in – as well as a better, more reliable rail service. Our proposals for London Bridge deliver all these benefits and more.” Network Rail will be seeking the views of station users, local residents and businesses, before submitting a planning application for the redevelopment. This period of consultation will include an exhibition at London Bridge station in the week commencing 16 May.
Speaking about the proposed redevelopment, James Dinwiddie, Team London Bridge chair, said: “The local business community sees the new station as vital to the success of the area and a catalyst for further redevelopment. We have lobbied strongly for improving this crucial transport hub for some time and, in partnership with Network Rail, will be ensuring that the needs of businesses are considered in the final plans and designs.“
Work is already underway to improve the station, with the Shard development funding a new bus station – part of the London Bridge Quarter improvements – and delivering a new entrance and upper concourse for the train station. With these improvements to be complete in 2012, the announcement on the redevelopment of the whole station means a complete vision for the future of London Bridge is now in place.
The Royal wedding bank holiday weekend will also see the Thameslink programme take a significant step forward, as the bridge that will carry the extra tracks through London Bridge station will be slid into place over Borough High Street.
Train operator c2c – which runs services between London and Essex – saw 97.4% of its trains arrive on time in March making it Britain's most punctual operator for the month.
A new single-deck car park has been built at Penrith railway station on the West Coast Main Line. The £2.5m scheme provides 30 additional spaces, bringing the total at the station to 125.
Train punctuality for February reached a record high of over 92% - the best February figure on record.
London 2012 spectators travelling by rail to Olympic and Paralympic sporting venues throughout Britain will benefit from special Games train tickets and extra services.
Continued severe winter weather during December hit train punctuality during the period. The latest train performance results reported that 81% of trains arrived on time compared with 80% for the same period last year.
Work started this week to prepare for the construction of a new entrance and ticket office at Wandsworth Town station, providing better facilities for passengers.
Virgin Trains had record sales during the run-up to Christmas, despite some of the worst December weather for more than 40 years.
Signalling Solutions Ltd, a 50-50 joint venture company formed by Alstom Transport and Balfour Beatty Rail, has received from Network Rail, the UK main line infrastructure operator, two contracts of a total of nearly €29 million for modernisation of signalling equipment in London.
Almost 93% of services on Britain's railway ran on time during the last reporting month – mid September to mid October - matching last year's 'best ever' record for train performance during the seventh period of the year.
South West Trains, part of the Stagecoach Group, remains one of Britain's most punctual train operators, according to the latest official performance data released today by Network Rail.