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23.01.14

Blackfriars solar bridge opened

The world’s largest solar-powered bridge was launched yesterday, with 4,400 photovoltaic panels along the roof of Blackfriars station.

The solar panels provide up to 50% of the station’s energy, reducing CO2 emissions by an estimated 511 tonnes a year.

Simon Kirby, managing director of Network Rail Infrastructure Projects, said: “The dramatic transformation of Blackfriars station from a small and cramped station to a modern landmark is typical of how we are enhancing one of Europe’s busiest rail routes – using smart, sustainable technology to reduce the cost of running the railway at the same time as giving passengers the longer, more frequent trains that are so desperately needed.”

David Statham, managing director of First Capital Connect which runs Blackfriars station, said: “Electric trains are already the greenest form of public transport – this roof gives our passengers an even more sustainable journey. The distinctive roof has also turned our station into an iconic landmark visible for miles along the River Thames.”

The installation of the panels was conducted by Solarcentury.

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Nonsuchmike   24/01/2014 at 16:28

Brilliant. I went through the station after Christmas on my way to the Barbican for Richard II and was struck by the feeling of spaciousness and ease of transit now the lines & platforms have been changed and extended. Also have entered station from the Southbank, which you couldn't do before.

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