Temporary travel advice

Tooley Street will temporarily reopen to two-way traffic from 18:00 on Saturday 24 February until mid-March 2018. This is to help minimise impact on the road network while Cadent (formerly National Grid Gas) carry out emergency repair works on a Gracechurch Street gas main.

The below travel advice will apply from mid-March once the emergency repair works are complete.

These works affect the road outside London Bridge station and won't affect London Bridge Tube and rail station itself. Entrances and exits will stay open. The main changes until June 2018 are:

  • Tooley Street will be closed to eastbound traffic - a signed diversion will be in place
  • Westbound traffic will travel in the eastbound lane
  • Pedestrians and cyclists will still have access
  • The taxi rank on Tooley Street will permanently move to Bermondsey Street

Full closure

Tooley Street will be closed from:

  • 01:00 Saturday 26 May to 05:00 Tuesday 29 May

For full information on the works, see the Thameslink Programme site.


During the works:


During the works:

  • The northern footway on Tooley Street between Borough High Street and Bermondsey Street will be busier than usual, especially between 07:00-10:00 and 16:00-19:00 on weekdays
  • We advise you to consider other walking routes - view the map above to replan your route
  • To improve pedestrian access, the current crossing west of Hays Lane will be moved a few metres west


Buses changes map

During the work, the following eastbound bus stops will be closed:

  • Stop R: Tooley Street/London Bridge station
  • Stop H: Hay's Galleria/Abbots Lane
  • Stop J: City Hall

To board a bus, you can use the following stops:

  • 47 - towards Catford Bus Garage: stop Y (London Bridge) and S (Boss Street)
  • 343 - towards City Hall: stop D or a short walk to Tower Gateway
  • 381 - towards Peckham: stop SW (Southwark Street) and S (Boss Street)
  • RV1 - towards Tower Gateway: stop M or a short walk to Tower Gateway
  • N199 - towards St Mary Cray: stop S (Boss Street) and SW (Southwark Street)
  • N381 - towards Peckham: stop SW (Southwark Street) and S (Boss Street)

Access to the bus station and westbound stops on Tooley Street (M, R and S) won't be affected.

Diversion route

Affected buses will follow a diversion via Great Dover Street, Bricklayer Arms and Tower Bridge Road (see the diversion map in the Driving section), except the RVI diversion is via London Bridge, Eastcheap, Great Tower Street, Byward Street and Tower Hill to Tower Gateway.

For real time information on how your bus is running, visit our bus status page or follow @TfLBusAlerts on Twitter.

Taxi & minicabs

The taxi rank on Tooley Street opposite More London has permanently moved to Bermondsey Street.

During the works:

  • Allow more time for your journey, especially during 07:00-10:00 and 16:00-19:00 on weekdays
  • Use the crossing on Tooley Street to access the taxi rank

For up-to-date information for the taxi and private hire industry, follow @TfLTPH on Twitter or visit our taxis and minicabs section.


During the main works, eastbound tour buses will be diverted, but westbound services won't be affected.

Contact your coach operator for details about possible changes to services and allow plenty of time to travel.


Cyclists will be able to travel along Tooley Street in both directions throughout the main works: westbound with the traffic and eastbound in a segregated lane.

You can check availability of Santander Cycles using the online docking station map, or visit our cycling section for full information.

To find out more about transport accessibility during major roadworks, see our travel advice for road users page.

Why this is happening

Network Rail is undertaking the Thameslink Programme to transform north-south travel through London.

When the programme finishes in 2018, journeys will be improved, with new trains every two to three minutes through central London at peak times, better travel options to more destinations, and modern track for more reliable journeys.

The programme includes the rebuild of London Bridge station to create more space and facilities. To work on a new station entrance, they need to make changes on Tooley Street, the road outside the station.