Final retail space let after rebuild of Blackfriars station
Thameslink has let the final retail space in Blackfriars station south entrance, highlighting the stunning new station structure that spans the Thames.
Passengers and passers-by alike can enjoy a range of amenities including artisan coffee, oven-fresh bread and beautiful bouquets of flowers. Used by over 14 million passengers a year, London Blackfriars has been built by Network Rail as part of the Thameslink Programme.
London Blackfriars is a landmark in its own right with stunning panoramic views of the capital and St Paul’s as a backdrop. As well as being the world’s largest solar bridge with panels that generate 50% of the station’s electricity, it has spacious platforms overlooking the Thames ready to accommodate the transformational high frequency Thameslink service that starts in 2018.
There is an excellent interchange on the north bank and lifts to all platforms for people with disabilities and parents with buggies.
A key feature of the station is a new entrance on the south bank, opening up Bankside, Tate Modern, Globe Theatre and the South Bank to a new audience of rail passengers. The completion of retail outlets at this entrance provides a new gateway to the busy upcoming area. Thameslink held a celebration event on Thursday 18 June, Charles Horton, Govia Thameslink Railway’s Chief Executive, was joined by Val Shawcross, Greater London Assembly Member to mark the occasion.
Charles Horton, Chief Executive Officer for Govia Thameslink Railway, said:
“Blackfriars has become a destination station for regular commuters and leisure travellers alike, both for its panoramic views of London and easy connection to the city. The quality products and services that are on offer to our Thameslink passengers really complement the smart surroundings.”
“Using independent companies ensures that our passengers enjoy a variety of products that they may not other receive, such as homemade jams from Borough market or fresh flowers from the famous New Covent Garden market.”
London Assembly Member, Val Shawcross added:
“The new Blackfriars station is a beautiful and stylish addition to London’s transport network and has brought big benefits and better access to all the South Bank has to offer. I hope the new businesses will have a happy and successful time in their new home south of the river.”
Bon Voyage offers gourmet sandwiches made with freshly baked artisan bread from nearby Borough Market – so fresh that the bread is still warm when delivered to the shop! Other produce, such as locally-sourced jams and artisan breads, are also on sale from a heritage style luggage cart.
Chez Michele is a boutique florist selling the freshest blooms directly from the famous Covent Garden flower market.