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London 2012: Commuters urged to avoid London Bridge

Category: England

Published: 29th Jul 2012 16:19:59

Commuters have been advised to avoid London Bridge station on Monday as thousands head to south-east London for an equestrian event.

Transport for London said the station would be "busy" as 50,000 spectators were expected to attend the Equestrian Cross Country at Greenwich Park.

Platforms one to six, which are used by trains bound for Kent, will be exit only from 18:00 BST until 22:00 BST.

Canary Wharf and Bank stations are also expected to be busy.

In addition to London Underground, Southeastern and First Capital Connect run overground rail services to Kent from London Bridge.

Commuters bound for Kent are being asked to board Southeastern and First Capital Connect services from stations such as Charing Cross, Cannon Street, Victoria or Blackfriars.

Transport for London (TfL) and National Rail are also advising spectators to avoid London Bridge and instead take trains from Cannon Street, Victoria or Charing Cross for Greenwich or Blackheath.

Canary Wharf and Bank stations, which are on the Docklands Light Railways (DLR) and are also served by London Underground and London Overground, will be used by Olympics spectators.

The Jubilee Tube line and the DLR, which go up to Greenwich, are also expected to be busy during the evening rush hour.

Mike Brown, London Underground's managing director, said: "After a fantastic Opening Ceremony and weekend of sport, many people will be going back to work on Monday in an Olympic City.

"London Bridge will be exceptionally busy and spectators going to the Equestrian event at Greenwich Park are advised to avoid the station."

In addition to the Equestrian event, Olympic events will be taking place in the Olympic Park, ExCeL, North Greenwich Arena, Royal Artillery Barracks, Horse Guards Parade, Earls Court, Lord's Cricket Ground, Wimbledon and Wembley Arena.

An extra three million journeys will be made on London's transport network every day in addition to the usual 12 million journeys, TfL said.

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