A new station entrance for Blackfriars rail station opened on the south bank of the River Thames today, giving passengers access from both sides of the river for the first time.
Next week a new station entrance will open on the north bank coinciding with 12-car trains stopping at station for the first time. Blackfriars bridge and rail station is being upgraded by Network Rail under the Thameslink programme to cater for more passengers and an improved train service.
Blackfriars bridge is being completly renovated under the Thameslink programme - creating a station over the River Thames. A new-look London Underground station is due to open next February. Originally Blackfriars Tube station was due to re-open in this year, however, complexities encountered by Network Rail during the construction and fit out of the new station has but back the opening two months.
Full restoration is due for completion next year when a further two terminating platforms open on the bridge.
- Spring 2009: Work to restore and widen the eastern side of Blackfriars rail bridge begins
- January 2010: Tracks switched to the eastern side of the bridge to allow work to begin on the west, while trains continue running
- October 2011: Work begins to install 4,400 solar panels on the roof of Blackfriars, creating London’s largest solar array
- 5 December 2011: First passengers use new entrance on the south bank of the Thames
- 12 December 2011: First 12-carriage Thameslink trains serve Blackfriars; new northern entrance opens
- 26 February 2012: New London Underground station opens
- May 2012: Two more terminating platforms completed; south bank entrance complete
- Summer 2012: Full passenger benefits delivered, two new entrances, capability for 12-carriage trains and a new Underground station fully operational ahead of Olympic and Paralympic Games