Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, has officially reopened London Bridge station following its transformation as part of the Thameslink programme.
Costing £1 billion, the five-year rail building project has almost doubled the station’s capacity thanks to the creation of a street level station concourse which is the largest in the UK.
The concourse at London Bridge station is large enough to lay the Shard down inside it, and passengers will be able to connect to other services much more efficiently.
Work has also provided a major upgrade to the tracks at the station, widened platforms, extensions and a rail underpass on the approach to the station.
It will mean more services at the station because of the extra capacity; 30% more trains will be able to use the station than before the programme of redevelopment.
Following the reopening, passengers will be able to reach all 15 platforms from one concourse – the first time this has been possible in the history of the station.
All 15 new platforms were rebuilt and the ‘through’ platforms have been increased from six to nine, enabling creation of two platforms that are dedicated to the expanded Thameslink service.
Mark Carne, Chief Executive of Network Rail, said London Bridge station will transform the experience of passengers using the services.
“This station has been rebuilt from its Victorian foundations upwards by a team of engineers while still providing a service for the 48 million people who use the station every year to deliver it on the very day we said we would five years ago.
“This is a station that represents a transformation in passenger experience, a catalyst for economic growth and a world first in the use of Digital Railway technology, demonstrating our vision of the future.
“I give my thanks to the great people and great teams behind this fantastic project, as well as to our customers for their patience and understanding during these major works.”