The first stage of the new London Bridge station has come into use after more than 240 railway staff moved into the control room and office facility.
The move marks the first piece of the new station to come into operational use, with the first half of the new concourse opening to passengers in August.
“For the first time at this station we now share a single office with our colleagues from the train operators,” said Network Rail station manager Denis Kirk. “Video screens mean the shift station manager now has a perfect view of the concourse, which means we’re no longer so reliant on radios. Everyone is right there with you and gives you an immediate response when needed.”
Kirk added that it would make a big difference to passengers as Network Rail is now able to provide a safer station environment and provide passengers with the latest service updates more quickly.
“Over one weekend we moved 240 operational staff from our old office on Tooley Street into our new home at the station. It was an immense piece of work following months and months of planning and it’s a tremendous achievement that it went so smoothly,” he said.
The new concourse at London Bridge, which is being constructed as part of the Thameslink Programme, will unite train operators South Eastern and Southern under one roof for the first time and Network Rail said that the new control room would provide a similar level of integration for operational staff.
“It is very good news that we now have a combined control room at London Bridge, which will enhance the already close working arrangements between all train operators that serve the station and Network Rail. This will be particularly so during busy periods at peak times,” said South Eastern director of train services Richard Dean.
More than 50M people use the station every year.
Following the opening of the first half of the concourse in late August this year, the station is set for completion in early 2018.