One week countdown to the unveiling of London Bridge's new concourse
On Bank Holiday Monday (29th August) passengers will be able to use the first two-thirds of London Bridge Station's new concourse, after more than three years of work.
The hoardings will come down on the rebuilt platforms 7 to 15 at London Bridge Station - the country's fourth busiest station - which brings around 56 million passengers into the city each year.
New stairs and escalators will link platforms to the concourse below, which when fully completed will be bigger than the pitch at Wembley Stadium and the station will be longer than the Shard is tall.
There will be new routes into and out of the 179 year old station - London's oldest surviving rail terminus.
Network Rail’s Thameslink Programme director, Simon Blanchflower, said: “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.”
Last weekend, volunteers and their families from Network Rail, Southern, Southeastern and the Department for Transport took part in the ‘London Bridge Challenge’ to test the station’s concourse, platforms and facilities before unveiling the improvements to passengers.
Tim Witcomb, a partnering manager at Network Rail who attended the event, said: “It was great to see how all of the hard work of the past three years has paid off. The concourse is very impressive; it’s spacious, easy to navigate and very modern but still keeps some of the character of the old London Bridge.”
Throughout construction work Network Rail has kept the station open, 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.
The complete station is scheduled to open in January 2018.