Blackfriars station goes step-free

Blackfriars station goes step-free

Thameslink route passengers travelling to the Olympics now have full step-free access at Blackfriars in central London.

Lifts have are now open to all four platforms on both the north and south banks. Four escalators have also been unveiled in the stunning new north bank National Rail ticket hall.

Spacious: The new National Rail ticket hall

Blackfriars, which is being rebuilt by Network Rail as part of the £6bn Thameslink Programme, also features more permanent seating and more platform space. The second north bank entrance to the Mermaid link also reopens today and the station is operationally complete.

First Capital Connect Customer Service Director Keith Jipps said:

“We’re thrilled to have Blackfriars fully up and running for our passengers in time for the Olympics, with full step-free access throughout.

“With a brand new ticket hall and lifts that recently opened at nearby Farringdon station, all our central London stations are now accessible by people in wheelchairs as well as parents with buggies and tourists with heavy luggage.”

But he cautioned: “We still urge people with disabilities and others who need assistance to book ahead at least 24 hours in advance on our Freephone number 0800 058 2844.”

Paul Byrne, senior programme manager for Network Rail added:

“Over the past year we’ve installed nine new lifts and eight new escalators at Blackfriars. We’ve opened a new London Underground station and extended national rail platforms so that longer 12-carriage trains can run. There’s still work to be completed on Blackfriars bridge, including the installation of solar panels on the roof, but passengers are now really beginning to see the benefits of our massive investment in this station.”