Blackfriars Tube on the London Underground’s District and Circle lines reopened today following three years of extensive building work.
The station was shut as part of the Thameslink £5.5bn upgrade project. The works will allow the station to accommodate more than 40,000 passengers every day and increase footfall by 60%.
New lifts and escalators will make the station easier to access and its features include a curved glass façade to provide the new entrance hall with natural light.
“With its magnificent ticket hall, brand new lifts and escalators, and more than double the previous capacity, the rebirth of this central London station will improve the journeys of thousands of passengers every single day,” said the London mayor Boris Johnson. “An incredible amount of hard work and expertise has been invested in these improvements, and Blackfriars is now set to become a truly world class station.”
As well as improvements to the Tube station, the overground station has also been redeveloped. Mainline platforms for national rail services now span the River Thames on a reconstructed Victorian rail bridge so it can accommodate 12 carriage passenger trains as opposed to just eight.
The station is now also accessible from the south bank of the river and there is an entrance hall on the north bank providing access to both Thameslink and London Underground services.