London Bridge station reopens with 5 new platforms added
London Bridge station, one of Britain’s busiest railway stations has doubled its passenger capacity with the reopening of five platforms, that will approximately accommodate up to 96 million people per year.
Earlier this week, the final section of a new concourse opened, providing access to all platforms for the first time. London Bridge station, which previously served up to 50 million passengers a year, underwent a £1bn redevelopment to enhance the experience of travellers and commuters in London. London Bridge, which is the capital’s oldest station, has been serving passengers since 1836.
Undoubtedly the revamp will transform London Bridge into an extremely busy transportation hub in the heart of London, since trains will increase by 18 per hour from May 2018. Charles Horton, chief executive at Govia Thameslink Railway, said: “In May we’ll be introducing an exciting, new, expanded Thameslink network connecting new communities north and south of the capital with quicker journeys across central London and additional capacity.”
The remodelling of the tracks to help reduce delays and the improvement of Thameslink services is set to also reach the initial aim for 24 trains an hour in late 2019. Network Rail said that the 5-year old project is a “shining example” of investment since the revamp will also include the opening of 90 new retail units to attract travellers to spend more time there.
“I would like to thank passengers for their patience while we transformed London Bridge into the modern transport hub it is today, with more trains to more destinations, connecting north-south London and beyond.” Network Rail said.
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