Blackfriars station makes Britain’s biggest brew

Blackfriars station makes Britain’s biggest brew

World’s largest solar powered bridge, at London Blackfriars station, makes Britain’s biggest brew

Network Rail, First Capital Connect and Solarcentury surprised passengers arriving at Blackfriars station this morning (Wednesday 22nd January 2014) with a free cuppa drawn from Britain’s biggest tea cup to celebrate the launch of the world’s largest solar bridge.

The 4,400 photovoltaic panels cover the roof of the station and produce enough energy to make almost 80,000 cups of tea a day. In fact, London’s longest array provides up to half of the station’s energy, reducing its CO2 emissions by an estimated 511 tonnes per year – equivalent approximately to 89,000 (average) car journeys.

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The array crowns the revamped Blackfriars station, which now boasts a new entrance on the south bank of the Thames, four new platforms and a redeveloped Underground station, offering longer trains and a better interchange between First Capital Connect and London Underground services. It sits at the heart of the £6.5 billion Thameslink Programme, transforming the route through central London to provide longer, more frequent services.

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Simon Kirby, managing director of Network Rail Infrastructure Projects, said: “The dramatic transformation of Blackfriars station from a small and cramped station to a modern landmark is typical of how we are enhancing one of Europe’s busiest rail routes – using smart, sustainable technology to reduce the cost of running the railway at the same time as giving passengers the longer, more frequent trains that are so desperately needed.”

Find out more about London Blackfriars.