20 MAY 2013
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Southern’s summer 2013 timetable came into effect on Sunday 19 May and because of changes to platform availability at London Bridge, passengers are being advised to check train times carefully before travelling.
London Bridge station is being developed as part of the £6bn Thameslink Programme which will see better connections and a bigger, brighter station capable of accommodating around 66% more passengers by 2018.
As a result of this work, platforms 14, 15 and 16 will be temporarily closed from 19 May, meaning that Southern will be operating from six platforms rather than the current nine. However, as a result of these changes, only one Southern service into London Bridge will be affected (the 07:25 Tonbridge/07:43 Gatwick Airport to London Bridge service will divert to Victoria). All other Southern services will remain.
There are normally four direct trains per hour with a scheduled time of 28 or 29 minutes stopping only at East Croydon. These times will be improved once the full upgrade is implemented, confirming London Bridge as the fastest gateway to Gatwick. www.southernrailway.com
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