London Bridge Transformed

The £1bn redevelopment of London Bridge includes a massive new concourse. NR

London Bridge station reopened today after ten days of major engineering work, marking the countdown to completion of the £1bn redevelopment after more than five years of work. The final section of the huge, modern new concourse and the final five platforms opened for the first time, allowing Cannon Street trains to resume calling at the landmark new station.

Since work began in 2013, London Bridge has been transformed by Network Rail as part of the government-sponsored Thameslink Programme, while remaining open for the 50 million passengers that use London’s oldest station each year. The vast new concourse, larger than the pitch at Wembley, unites all fifteen platforms for the first time and modern facilities make the landmark station fully accessible for all.  There are two new entrances on Tooley Street, which will connect the north and south sides of the station, while the completion of the five new platforms will allow Cannon Street services to once again stop at London Bridge.

The tracks through and around the station have been entirely remodelled to modernise the infrastructure and to allow more trains to travel through London, reducing delays and bringing more reliable journeys to more destinations than ever before. Work is expected to continue on the station concourse until the spring and throughout 2018 new shops, cafes and leisure facilities will open.

Elsewhere in the south east, Network Rail engineers undertook ten days of major engineering work at Redhill to build a new platform with new track and signalling. This will remove conflicts between North Downs and Brighton Main Line services, increase capacity at Redhill station and provide greater flexibility to train services through the area.

The £1bn redevelopment of London Bridge includes a massive new concourse. NR

Enjoy more of The Railway Magazine reading every month. Click here to subscribe.