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Station improvements

Rebuilding our stations

Blackfriars and London Bridge have been completely rebuilt to become better, modern, accessible stations, fit for the future to handle more trains through central London.

The Thameslink Programme has extended platforms on the Midland Mainline to enable longer, 12 car trains to call.

In addition major changes have been made at Farringdon where with the opening of the Elizabeth line in December 2018, a new transport hub will connect north, south, east and west.

Farringdon

Farringdon has been expanded to handle the increase in Thameslink passengers and from December 2018, with the opening of the Elizabeth line, Farringdon will become London's newest transport hub connecting north, south, east and west.

The interchange between Thameslink and Crossrail at Farringdon will enable Thameslink passengers to get to London's main business districts (The City, West End and Canary Wharf) in a matter of minutes.

From Farringdon to:

  • Canary Wharf - 8 minutes
  • Bond Street - 4 minutes
  • Heathrow Airport Central - 31 minutes

London Blackfriars

The first station to span the River Thames, Blackfriars now offers passengers longer trains and more frequent services, easier connections to the underground, a new entrance on the south bank and lifts and escalators for step-free access to both banks of the Thames.

The station also includes the world's largest solar bridge with over 4,400 photovoltaic panels, enough to cover 23 tennis courts. The roof provides up to 50% of the station's energy, reducing the station's CO2 emissions by an estimated 511 tonnes per year - equivalent approximately to 89,000 (average) car journeys

London Bridge

London Bridge, the UK's 4th busiest station, has been undergoing a total transformation to become a station fit for the 21st century - a world class iconic station blending fully into the redeveloped London Bridge quarter.

The new London Bridge station has been designed with more space and easier connections to other rail services and the Tube to handle the expected passenger growth into the future.

The new spacious street-level concourse enables passengers to access all the platforms from one place and new entrances and exits provide better routes to and from the station.

Government sponsored Thameslink investment in stations and our diverse, high quality retail offer are directly linked to growing customer satisfaction. The new station is more accessible with lifts and escalator access to all platforms which together with better shops and facilities will provide a much improved passenger experience.

Through platforms

London Bridge has been rebuilt to create more through platforms to enable extra Thameslink trains to call, providing 30% more capacity for trains into and through London Bridge . By the end of 2019, there will be up to 16 Thameslink services an hour in the peak..

Bermondsey Dive Under

Completed in 2017, the Bermondsey Dive Under is a major new junction similar to a motorway flyover. It allows the Thameslink lines from Sussex to cross the lines from Kent unimpeded. This has increased the number of Thameslink trains that can serve London Bridge, improving reliability and reducing pressure on the railway which will ultimately reduce delays.

Remodelling and resignalling

As well as the redevelopment of the station itself, work at London Bridge has included track remodelling and resignaling of all lines East and West of London Bridge station. This has involved:

  • 128 different major track stages
  • 9 major resignalling changes
  • and strengthening of 35 bridge structures

Over 40km track and 147 new switches and crossings have been installed.

Passengers are already seeing longer platforms at many stations on the routes from London to Bedford, enabling longer 12 car Thameslink trains to call at these stations.

New station buildings

A new station building and a new entrance has been built at West Hampstead Thameslink to provide more capacity and easier interchange with nearby London Underground and London Overground services. The station will also have a new footbridge and lifts to all platforms, providing step-free access.