London Bridge station

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View of the tracks

London Bridge is one of the main train stations in London . It is located in Southwark , at the south end of London Bridge . The station in the Travelcard tariff zone 1 consists of three parts: a through station , a terminus station and an underground station of the London Underground . In 2014, 49.518 million railway passengers used the station, plus 74.98 million underground passengers.

There are numerous attractions in the vicinity such as Southwark Cathedral , Tower Bridge , HMS Belfast , City Hall , The Shard and the Tate Modern .


Main entrance to the train station
Trains from Southeastern on the through tracks, looking west
Trains from Southern (left and right) and First Capital Connect (center) on the head rails, looking west
Eastbound exit with trains from South Eastern (left) and Southern (right)
Entrance to the subway station on Borough High Street
Jubilee Line platform

The through station is on the north side. In contrast to all other central London stations, the route runs even further into the city center. The trains of South Eastern run to the stations Charing Cross and Cannon Street , the Thameslink trains traverse the city in Snow Hill Tunnel and run further to the northern suburbs. In the opposite direction, the destinations are Kent and South East London. Trains run from Southeastern to South London, Surrey and Sussex from the terminus . The tracks of the station and the outgoing lines are electrified with the traction current system common in southern England (side busbar with 750 V direct current). London Bridge is one of 17 stations managed by the rail infrastructure company Network Rail .

In the underground station under the forecourt, the Northern Line and the Jubilee Line cross on two levels . There is an entrance each on Tooley Street and Borough High Street, from where escalators lead down to the platforms. As in the other stations of the Jubilee Line extension opened in 1999, the platforms are separated from the tracks by platform screen doors.



London Bridge is the oldest railway station in London. The first terminus was opened on December 14, 1836 by the London and Greenwich Railway , later the South Eastern Railway (SER). Right next door, the London and Croydon Railway , later called the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway (LB & SCR), built its own station concourse, which went into operation on June 15, 1839.

In 1844 the partition wall between the two buildings was removed and only six years later the entire complex was demolished and replaced by a joint new building, which opened on January 3, 1851. As soon as it was completed, the system turned out to be too small. For this reason, the LB & SCR station section was torn down in 1853, rebuilt and expanded again in 1866; this is the terminus that still exists today.

The SER station section was torn down at the beginning of the 1860s in order to raise the foundation by a few meters. This made it possible to extend the route further into the city center. Today's through station started operating on January 11, 1864. In 1978, British Rail carried out a comprehensive renovation of the entire facility.

The Terminus Hotel was built in 1861 as an extension of the station hall. It was acquired by LB & SCR in 1893 and converted into an office building, but demolished in 1941.

The station has been fundamentally rebuilt since 2012 and officially opened by Prince William on May 9, 2018. In future the longer trains of the Thameslink connection will stop there. In addition, the station layout was changed as part of the renovation work: the previous 6 through platforms and 9 head platforms have now become 9 through platforms and 6 head platforms. A new station concourse was built below the platforms, from which all platforms can be reached.


The underground station was opened on February 25, 1900 by the City and South London Railway (predecessor of the Northern Line), as part of the new line between Borough and Moorgate . Previously, the trains ran to the terminus on King William Street and drove around 100 meters past London Bridge station. The new line made it possible to connect the station to the underground network.

The station was closed twice. From November 28, 1923 to April 20, 1924, the clearance profile of the tunnel was expanded to increase capacity. The second closure took place between July 2nd and September 5th in 1999 in order to expand the distribution level in view of the upcoming opening of the Jubilee Line . The platforms of the Jubilee Line went into operation on October 7, 1999, but the trains had been running here without stopping since September 24. Some Roman objects had been unearthed during the construction , including vases and fragments of a mosaic. Some of these items are on display in the station.

See also

Web links

Commons : London Bridge Station  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. COUNTS - 2014 - annual entries & exits. (PDF, 44 kB) (No longer available online.) Transport for London, 2015, archived from the original on February 21, 2016 ; accessed on December 29, 2017 (English).
  2. ^ Office of Rail Regulation - station usage
  3. London Bridge redevelopment -Network Rail. In: Retrieved August 8, 2016 .
Previous station Transport for London Next station
Southwark   Jubilee Line   Bermondsey
Bank   Northern Line
(City Branch)
Previous station National Rail Next train station
Blackfriars   First Capital Connect
  East Croydon
Cannon Street or
Waterloo East
Greenwich Line
South Eastern Main Line
  New Cross
final destination   Southeastern
to Tunbridge Wells and Hastings
  Norwood Junction
Brighton Main Line
  New Cross Gate
Waterloo East   Southern
Caterham Line / Tattenham Corner Line
final destination   Southern
South London Lines
  South Bermondsey

Coordinates: 51 ° 30 ′ 18 ″  N , 0 ° 5 ′ 10 ″  W.