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29 August 2016, 09:19
Commuters Get To Use New London Bridge Train Station for first time after years of improvement works.
Latest Statement from Network Rail
After more than three years of work, the hoardings will come down on the rebuilt platforms 7 to 15 and passengers will experience for the first time what has been built beneath their feet. New stairs and escalators will link platforms to the concourse below and there will be new routes into and out of the station.
When completed in 2018, the concourse, which will be the largest in Britain and bigger than the pitch at Wembley Stadium, will link every platform at the station and will be served by more than 80 trains every hour.
This is a major milestone for passengers, who will be able to experience the brand new concourse and facilities for the first time. There is still work for us to do and I would like to thank passengers for their patience as we rebuild London Bridge as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan to deliver a modern, more reliable railway.
Simon Blanchflower Thameslink Programme director, Network Rail
We’d like to thank our passengers for bearing with us during the rebuild. We’re really pleased that they’ll now be able to start using and enjoying the new London Bridge station. Our new timetable – and the temporary changes being put in place between Saturday 27 August and Thursday 1 September – will mean changes for some people, so we urge all of our passengers to check before they travel.
Richard Dean, train services director at Southeastern
Throughout construction work Network Rail has kept the station open for the 50 million passengers who use it every year, starting on the south side of the station and working in phases to build the new platforms and concourse below. Over the bank holiday weekend and the days that follow, the construction site will move away from the Southern and future Thameslink platforms and focus on the north of the station, where Southeastern trains to Cannon Street currently run.
This will mean major changes to services over the bank holiday, for the week after and until 2018.