The first station to span the River Thames also provides step-free access to both banks of the river– and stunning views of London.
The project has significantly increased capacity at the station. Previously, narrow exposed and overcrowded platforms were capable of hosting only eight-car trains. Now, the transformed station is able to host 12-car trains, increasing capacity on the Brighton Main Line. When the Thameslink Programme is completed in 2019, the station will host a Tube-like service of trains every 2-3 minutes.
Construction took place in two halves over a three year period, allowing the station to remain operational on weekdays throughout the project. Steel for the construction of the new south entrance, connecting the Thameslink route with the South Bank, was delivering along the River Thames by boat. The station was also ‘flipped’ – with through and terminating lines swapped to prevent clashes with services from London Bridge waiting to cross over the tracks.
The redeveloped station features the world’s largest solar bridge with over 4,400 photovoltaic panels – enough to cover 23 tennis courts. The roof provides up to 50% of the station’s energy – enough to heat almost 80,000 cups of tea a day. It also reduces the station’s CO2 emissions by an estimated 511 tonnes per year – equivalent approximately to 89,000 (average) car journeys.