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Gatwick to London

London Bridge Station is to close for the popular Thameslink service to Gatwick from 20 December and will not re-open until major reconstruction work is completed in three years’ time.  No services at all will operate until 4 January.  All trains will call at Blackfriars also stopping at City Thameslink, Farringdon and London St Pancras International.  A special timetable will be in force on the whole of the line, which runs from Bedford to Brighton and also includes Luton Parkway for the airport. 

The Victoria services, that is non-stop with the Gatwick Express, and Southern via Clapham Junction and East Croydon, will operate a special holiday programme.

Rebuilding London Bridge while keeping most of the station open is the most complex rail project of modern times in the capital. A new street-level concourse the size of a football pitch will be used for passengers to all destinations, and the station will have two-thirds more capacity for trains.

Additional through-platforms, a viaduct through Borough Market and a tunnel at Bermondsey will remedy the existing tangle of lines which makes London Bridge the rail equivalent of Spaghetti Junction.

By 2018 London Bridge will become a key station for the region, connected to Thameslink and Crossrail via Farringdon station.  http://journeyplanner.tfl.gov.uk

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