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London Bridge opens ‘huge’ new concourse following Christmas works

London Bridge station has reopened today following 10 days of major engineering work.

The final section of the station’s large new concourse and its final five platforms have opened for the first time, allowing Cannon Street trains to resume calling at the station.

The new concourse, which is larger than Wembley’s football pitch, joins all 15 platforms for the first time, making London’s oldest station fully accessible for the 50 million passengers that use it each year.

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The tracks through and around the station have been re-modelled to modernise the infrastructure, allowing more trains to travel through London, which Network Rail says will reduce delays and bring more reliable journeys to more destinations than ever.

Work on the station’s £1bn upgrade first began in 2013 as part of the government-sponsored Thameslink Programme, and is expected to continue on the concourse until spring, and throughout 2018 shops, cafes and leisure facilities will open.

Mark Carne, Network Rail’s chief executive, called the opening of the station a “shining example” of its investment in the railway.

He said: “I would like to thank passengers for their patience while we transformed London Bridge into the modern transport hub it is today, with more trains to more destinations, connecting north-south London and beyond.”

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Southeastern’s managing director, David Statham, described the opening of the concourse as a “milestone in the transformation of London Bridge and rail transport across London.”

He added that as a result of the work passengers will see new routes and more reliable Southeastern services, including new destinations which will connect communities between London and across Kent.

Charles Horton, chief executive officer at Govia Thameslink Railway, also said: “The work at London Bridge paves the way for the reintroduction of Thameslink services at the station and GTR’s modernisation of its train services.

“In May we’ll be introducing an exciting, new, expanded Thameslink network connecting new communities north and south of the capital with quicker journeys across central London and additional capacity.”

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Lutz   02/01/2018 at 18:50

Lots of shouting about the "shining example" new infrastructure that has been made available, but Network Rail does not even have enough faith in it's own work to deliver the level of services that were promised. Missed goal again.

Michael King   02/01/2018 at 22:35

Well I feel more spirited than that , well done , great programme and the grade separation at Bermondsey, brilliant. And Waterloo 30% more capability too. I think the Railway is improving . The North will have 18000 more seats per day by end of this year.

Andrew Gwilt   03/01/2018 at 03:08

It does look very nice. London Bridge before went from a horrible, overcrowded, dark and shabby station to a very nice, bright, spacious and airport like station with lots of space. Massive achievement from Network Rail. From May this year. Thameslink trains will be using London Bridge coming to/from Bedford, Brighton, Wimbledon, Sutton and elsewhere on the Thameslink core. Plus the platforms are designed to fit a 12-Car Class 700 train.

Lutz   03/01/2018 at 10:07

It is not about spirit, it is about delivery and getting Network Rail to behave as a professional service organisation rather than the Boy Scouts.

Sonning Cuttiing   03/01/2018 at 21:07

Lutz obviously knows nothing about the complexity of rail operation. Can he name anywhere in the World where operators have attempted to run up to 24 trains per hour from multiple origins through a 2 track commuter route? Only on LU and similar lines with a simple shuttle service have such frequencies bee achieved RELIABLY. Network Rail and Thameslink are being sensible in phasing in such improvements!

Andrew JG   03/01/2018 at 21:12

Amazing. Well done Network Rail.

Lutz   04/01/2018 at 01:27

@Sonning Cuttiing Given that it was Network Rail that made the commitment in the first place it is evident that THEY know nothing about the complexity of rail operation. To be clear; the current level of service offered by NR is not acceptable - and any doubts about that, speak to Mark Carne.

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