London Bridge Station

John Velocci

Joined October 2012

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Looking down a tunnel at the London Bridge Station in London, England.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
16mm, ƒ/5, 1/8s, ISO 400
dedicated to tunnels

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London Bridge is a central London railway terminus and connected London Underground station in Southwark, south-east London. It occupies a large area on three levels immediately south-east of London Bridge, from which it takes its name. The main line station is the oldest railway station in London fare zone 1 and one of the oldest in the world having opened in 1836. It is one of two main line termini in London to the south of the River Thames (the other being Waterloo) and is the fourth-busiest station in London, handling over 50 million customers a year.
The station was originally opened by the London and Greenwich Railway as a local service. It subsequently served the London and Croydon Railway, the London and Brighton Railway and the South Eastern Railway, thus becoming an important London terminus. It was rebuilt in 1849 and again in 1864 to provide more services and increase capacity. Local services from London Bridge began to be electrified at the turn of the 20th century, and had spread to national routes by the 1930s. The station was extensively rebuilt by British Rail in the 1970s, along with a comprehensive re-signalling scheme and track alignment. It was further developed in the 2010s to better accommodate the Thameslink route which provides a connection to Gatwick Airport, Luton Airport and Crossrail.
London Bridge is served by Southeastern services from Charing Cross and Cannon Street to destinations in southeast London, Kent and East Sussex and is a terminus for many Southern commuter and regional services to south London and numerous destinations in South East England. Thameslink services from Bedford, Cambridge and Peterborough to Brighton and other destinations in Sussex and Kent began serving the station in 2018.

The main line station is one of 19 UK stations managed by Network Rail.4 It has a ticket hall and entrance area with its main frontage on Tooley Street, and other entrances on Borough High Street and within the main line station concourse. It is one of two mainline London termini south of the River Thames, the other is Waterloo.5
The Underground station is on the Jubilee line and the Bank branch of the Northern line.6 Several London Buses routes, including 43 and RV1, pass the station; some via the bus station.7 River buses use the nearby London Bridge City Pier.

London Bridge station was opened on 14 December 1836, making it the oldest London railway terminus that is still running.9 It was not the earliest station in the London metropolitan area, as the London and Greenwich Railway had opened stations at Spa Road (in Bermondsey) and Deptford on 8 February 1836. The completion of the line into London Bridge was postponed because of delays in constructing a bridge at Bermondsey Street. From 10 October 1836, trains were able to operate as far as the east end of this bridge, with passengers having to walk the last 300 yards (270 m).10 The station has had several changes of ownership and complete rebuilds since opening.

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