The Anonymous Widower

What Is Happening At Platform 9 At London Bridge Station?

I regularly come home from Waterloo station, by walking to Waterloo East station and then getting a Southeastern train to London Bridge station, from where, I get a 141 bus to a zebra crossing on the corner opposite my house.

Location is important, when buying a house!

You might ask, why I don’t use the Jubilee Line between Waterloo and London Bridge. I prefer not to be in a dark tunnel in an small-diameter Underground train, when there is a full-size alternative on the surface.

When the new Southeastern Franchise is awarded, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a succession of large-windowed trains, like Aventras,  replacing the over twenty-years-old Class 466 trains. They could become a tourist attraction linking Greenwich and Westminster via The Shard, that would be so much more interesting than the Jubilee Line.

This diagram from Wikipedia shows the proposed platform layout for London Bridge station from 2018.


  • The island Platform 6 and 7 is flanked by two lines coming from Charing Cross station.
  • The island Platform 8 and 9 is flanked by two lines going io Charing Cross station.
  • The tracks through Platforms 6 and 9 appear to be on loops from the track going through the other paired platform.

I assume the layout is to get sufficient platform capacity for the ten-car trains going through the station.

Look at this Google Map of the station.

The Platforms are numbered from top-right to bottom-left.

  • Platform 1 doesn’t appear to be complete and will be a bi-directional platform into Cannon Street station.
  • Platforms 2 and 3 are the first through island platform and serve Cannon Street.
  • Platforms 4 and 5 are the second through island platform are are for Thameslink.
  • Platforms 6 and 7 are for trains coming from Charing Cross.
  • Platforms 8 and 9 are for trains going to Charing Cross.
  • Platform 10 upwards are bay platforms for terminating services.


  • The generous width of the through island platforms.
  • Ot appears it might be possible to put a second platform on the other side of the track through Platform 9. Let’s call it Platform 9a
  • This extra Platform 9a and the bay Platform 10 could be easily connected, with a walk-through.

These pictures were taken from outside the station and show the area to the West of Platform 9.

Some substantial construction work is going on.

These pictures were taken inside the station.

I wonder what the final outcome will be!


August 20, 2017 - Posted by | Transport | , ,


  1. LBG

    Platform 1 will be a down platform – outbound Cannon Street with passive bi directional provision.
    Platform 2 will be bi-directional to Cannon Street only, probably inbound in the morning and inbound and outbound in the evening.
    Platform 3 will be bi-directional, probably inbound Cannon Street in the morning and outbound Thameslink in the evening.
    Platform 4 will be inbound Thameslink, with turn back facility.
    Platform 5 will be outbound Thameslink, possibly with turn back facility.
    Platform 6 will be bidirectional, probably inbound Thameslink in the morning and outbound Charing X in the evening.
    Platform 7 will be outbound Charing X with turn back facility
    Platforms 8 & 9 will be inbound Charing X,

    The new arrangement means that the flows on platform 6 and to a lesser extent platform 3 will be tidal. Full trains with the flow will use two platforms, allowing a longer dwell, where as near empty ones going the other way with a short dwell will use only one.

    LBG could maybe do with another platform on the Cannon Street side, but there are three and one shared tidally for Charing X, so virtually the same as Waterloo East,

    Can’t see much utility in a platform 9a, even if you could squeeze it in-between the Shard and Borough Market Viaduct!

    There was a video of how this works for the proposed platforms 15 and 16 and Manchester Piccadilly with Manchester Oxford Road, but it seems to have fled the net 😦

    Comment by Mark Clayton | August 20, 2017 | Reply

  2. Thanks!

    The full track layout is shown on Page 94 of the August 2017 Edition of Modern Railways. It doesn’t look that a full turnback is provided for Thameslink.

    Something is being built between 9 and 10. If a 9a could be built, it might make it easier to unload trains. The system is used at Stratford on the Central Line. I was told that the reason it’s not done more often is because of Health and Safety. But at LondonmBridge there should be more staff.

    I’m going to take a detailed look tomorrow.

    When they replace the Networkers with something more modern, it will help too, as the dwell time will be lower.

    Comment by AnonW | August 20, 2017 | Reply

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