Passengers delighted as new South Bank station opens

Passengers delighted as new South Bank station opens

Blackfriars railway station today became the first station ever to span the River Thames as a new entrance opened on the South Bank.

Barbara Czepulkowski was first through the ticket gates

The new entrance will make a massive difference for First Capital Connect and Southeastern passengers as it provides a direct link to the South Bank and Bankside with attractions such as Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the National Theatre.

It is a huge improvement for anyone who works south of the river as well, shaving off as much as 10 minutes from the previous walking route which took people out through the north bank entrance and back across Blackfriars road bridge.

First passenger through the entrance at around 5.15am this morning was Barbara Czepulkowski, who commutes from Bedford to King’s College Hospital every morning.

She said: “It’s absolutely fantastic to have the new entrance open; I’ve been waiting and waiting for it to be ready. This will save me loads of time on my commute to work every morning.”

Network Rail is rebuilding Blackfriars station, reconstructing the Victorian rail bridge to make way for longer trains on our Thameslink route, creating new entrances north and south of the river, and delivering significant improvements to the London Underground station.