Redevelopment of London’s Blackfriars railway station will finally reach “substantial completion” by the end of next month, Network Rail said this week.
Completion of the project has been heavily delayed after a series of “challenges and complexities” encountered in the construction phase.
The original completion date was set at September 2011.
But scope changes and construction problems have led to a series of cost increases and delays to completion.
The cost of rebuilding the station was originally set at £350M, but this was increased to £600M following an increase in project scope. This included building separate Network Rail and London Underground stations on the north bank and doubling the number of lifts from two to four.
NCE then revealed in January that the discovery of corrosion to bridge supports further increased the cost of the project from £600M to £635M.
Network Rail head of engineering for the project Chris Binns told attendees at NCE’s London Rail 2013 conference that the work was now nearly finished.
“If you use the station you will see that the scaffolding is going down,” said Binns.
“We’re finishing the last few snags, the doors are being polished, one or two areas are having floor tiles changed and that sort of thing. But it is the very final few things. The end of July is our substantial completion.”
The extra cash has been drawn from contingency funds and diversion of savings made elsewhere in the £6bn Thameslink programme.