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First new platforms to open at London Bridge


New single concourse larger than the pitch at Wembley

The first phase of the major rebuild of London Bridge station is set to finish on schedule on Monday 31 March, says Network Rail. The first two new platforms will be brought into use as the next two are closed for redevelopment.

The station is being redeveloped as part of the government-sponsored £6.5bn Thameslink Programme, which will transform north-south travel through London. The investment will remove bottlenecks to enable new, more spacious trains to run with Tube-like frequency every 2-3 minutes at peak times through central London by 2018, reducing pressure on the Underground. Better connections will offer passengers more travel options to new destinations while new track and modern trains will make journeys more reliable.

The overhaul of London Bridge is Britain’s biggest ever station redevelopment, says Network Rail. When complete, the station will be longer than the Shard is tall, with a new single concourse larger than the pitch at Wembley at street level, to provide more space and easier connections to other rail services and the Underground. Improved links will join the areas to the north and south of the station, and help boost economic regeneration in the area.

The entire length of the new, longer platforms at London Bridge will be covered by undulating canopies of steel and aluminium. ‘Eyebrow’ arches over north-facing glass will let light reach the platforms and the new concourse directly below.

The changeover will mean changes to services from 28 to 31 March, with longer closures between 23 and 31 August and 20 December and 4 January 2015. There will be diversions for Thameslink trains and alterations for others for a further three years from December.

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