Two-thirds of London Bridge’s new concourse opened to passengers yesterday for the first time.
Part of a major redevelopment which started four years ago, the concourse includes access to three newly built platforms as well as new station entrances.
Once finished it will hold 80 retail spaces and will be the size of the pitch at Wembley, increasing passenger capacity by 65%.
The London Bridge redevelopment is part of a Network Rail upgrade and government-sponsored Thameslink programme, which will include more robust tracks, improved connections and longer trains running through central London.
The work also includes untangling the tracks at the approaches to London Bridge to cut delays.
Network Rail’s chief executive Mark Carne said, “This is a big step towards the bigger, better railway passengers deserve.
”The opening of two-thirds of the concourse marks a major milestone in the redevelopment of London Bridge and, while there is plenty still to do, I am pleased passengers can now see the benefits beginning to come through.”
Govia Thameslink Railway’s chief operating officer Dyan Crowther said: “Our passengers are benefiting from the newly unveiled escalators, stairs and lifts and will be impressed by the new concourse.
”We’re looking forward to the completion of the station in 2018, with its new track and signalling, allowing the return of a new and improved Thameslink service at London Bridge.”