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Olympics travel team works on London Bridge disruption plan

The team that planned travel arrangements in London during the 2012 Olympic Games is helping manage the disruption caused by the part-closure of London Bridge station next month.

The unit, which has existed within Transport for London since moving across from the Olympic Delivery Authority, is working with Network Rail on the forthcoming issue.

Major reconstruction work at London Bridge will mean no First Capital Connect or Southern services stopping at the station from 23 to 31 August, affecting up to 50,000 commuters daily as well as travellers to Gatwick and Luton airports.

A mobile-friendly Thameslink Programme website has been launched providing details of the changes, while rail, Underground and Overground passengers are being targeted with information about alternative routes through social media and train announcements.

A Network Rail spokeswoman said: “London Bridge is one of the country’s busiest stations and we’re rebuilding it piece by piece to transform north-south travel through London while keeping it open for passengers. This is a huge challenge.

“We are doing as much of the construction work as we can behind the scenes, but there will be times, such as this August, when we have to temporarily divert services around the track we’re replacing.”

Contractor Costain, supported by a design team of Hyder and WSP along with architect Grimshaw, is reconstructing London Bridge from six through and nine terminus platforms to nine through and six terminus.

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