You’ve probably seen elsewhere that the government has finally agreed to back the Thameslink Programme, to boost north-south rail services through London. The major aspect of this which affects south-east London is that London Bridge, possibly the most miserable, frustrating place on the network, will be redeveloped.
As Brockley Central reminds us, changes are happening there anyway as part of the unmissable construction of the Shard, including a new bus station. But the government’s backing now means the mess of platforms 1-6 will finally get sorted out.
Of course, there’s a catch… a two year delay in the works, meaning it won’t be complete until 2018, or 18 years after it was originally meant to be finished. The work will see huge disruption later this decade, of course. But there’s one upside to this – commuters who use the Greenwich line (Westcombe Park, Maze Hill, Greenwich and Deptford), may well hang onto their direct trains to Charing Cross for a bit longer, for under the redevelopment plan, the link between that and the Charing Cross tracks is due to be severed for good.