Timelapse footage captured by Network Rail has shown the progress made in just one month at London Bridge station as rebuilding work moves into its final phase.
Over the August bank holiday weekend, two-thirds of the new station concourse opened to the public and newly rebuilt platforms 7, 8 and 9 came into use for passengers using Southeastern trains.
At the same time, platforms 1, 2 and 3 were taken out of use to be demolished and rebuilt above the final section of street-level concourse.
The aerial photography and timelapse recording, captured between the bank holiday weekend and the end of September, show Network Rail engineers working round-the-clock to demolish platforms 1 to 3 and deliver major work to the tracks through the station.
Network Rail said that its so-called orange army could be seen laying new track for trains travelling to and from Cannon Street station, and trains resuming routes on their new lines after the three-day blockade.
Platforms 1, 2 and 3 can also be seen being reduced to rubble and the brick supports on top of the original Victorian arches were revealed. The platform buildings and the last of the 1970s footbridge have been demolished down to street level, making way for the final third of the new concourse to be built.
Network Rail said that the redevelopment of London Bridge station was a key part of the Thameslink Programme, which will improve north-south journeys to and through London and provide better, more frequent and more reliable train services across the south east.
In addition to the work at London Bridge station, Network Rail said that it was also carrying out extensive upgrades to the surrounding tracks and signaling, including a new junction – the Bermondsey dive under – to untangle the tracks on the eastern approaches to London Bridge.
The new junction – similar to a motorway flyover or underpass – will provide dedicated tracks for Thameslink and Southeastern trains for the first time from 2018.
“In August we reached a huge milestone for the Thameslink Programme with the opening of the first part of the new concourse at London Bridge,” said Network Rail Thameslink programme director Simon Blanchflower.
“The progress we’ve made since then has been nothing short of incredible. The new station looks fantastic and understandably grabs a lot of the attention, but just as important is the work we’re doing at Bermondsey and on the approaches to the station.
“Ultimately, that’s what allows us to give passengers what they really want – better, more frequent and more reliable journeys.”
Network Rail said that the new platforms and final section of the concourse at London Bridge would come into operational use in January 2018, allowing Cannon Street trains to resume calling at the station.