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The final section of the huge, modern new concourse at London Bridge and the final five platforms has opened, 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 15 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, fuelling reinvigoration of the area and improving the experiences of passengers every time they travel.
Mark Carne, Chief Executive of Network Rail, said: “The opening of our landmark station is a shining example of the investment we are making in the railway. 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.
Charles Horton, Chief Executive Officer at Govia Thameslink Railway, said: “The work at London Bridge paves the way for the reintroduction of Thameslink services at the station and GTR’s modernisation of its train services.
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.”