Brighton to St Pancras in 4 minutes

Brighton to St Pancras in 4 minutes

Aerial footage showing the huge amount of work taking place to improve journeys on one of Europe’s busiest rail routes has been captured by helicopter.

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Network Rail is completely rebuilding London Bridge as part of the £6.5bn government-sponsored Thameslink Programme to increase capacity and reliability on one of Europe’s busiest routes.

Network Rail’s inspection helicopter, which uses state-of-the-art technology to monitor thousands of miles of track, captured the huge amount of work that was completed during the August bank holiday weekend on film. Over 1,200 engineers worked day and night to open two new platforms and replace 40-year-old track and signalling equipment on the approach to the station.

From 20 December 2014 – when passenger numbers are at their lowest due to the Christmas holiday – and throughout 2015 the the journeys of thousands of commuters will be affected as the work to rebuild the station enters a new phase.

Find out more about what’s happening in January 2015.