Thameslink programme, London Bridge Station public address noise levels and wheelchair spaces on platforms: decision

Grants further derogations to London Bridge Station with regard to meeting public address noise levels and wheelchair spaces on platforms requirements.


London Bridge Station: further application to the UK Competent Authority under regulations 13 of the railways (Interoperability) regulations 2011

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The public address derogation was granted as:

  • acoustic modelling had shown that the minimum STl-PA level of 0.45 is only not achieved in the Stainer Street and the terminating concourse, less than a third of the the street level concourse
  • a commitment to testing on completion was agreed and, should speech intelligibility be inadequate, appropriate solutions will be identified

The wheelchair spaces on platforms derogation was granted as:

  • the requirement is generally complied with
  • there are physical constraints at London Bridge Station where a free space of at least 150 centimetres cannot be provided when a train boarding ramp is deployed
  • the safe operation of the station would not be affected as staff are able to deploy ramps but not at platforms 4 and 5 where a permanent ‘platform hump’ to provide necessary access

In both cases the provider was asked to monitoring complaints for 1 year after the station is in operation and outline to plans to the Department for Transport for addressing any concerns raised.

These requirements were additional to those applied and agreed for 8 May 2017.

Published 11 January 2018