London Bridge station reopened today after ten days of major engineering work, marking the countdown to completion of the £1bn redevelopment after more than five years of work.
The final section of the new concourse and the final five platforms opened for the first time, allowing Cannon Street trains to resume calling at the redeveloped station.
Work started in 2013, and it hasn’t been an easy one for passengers, beset not just with a massive building site, but also huge problems with the train network operator out of London Bridge.
Your correspondent gave up using the station for a while when commuting to South London and found alternative routes so bad was the disruption.
Now that the main works are complete, the vast new concourse, larger than the pitch at Wembley, unites all fifteen platforms for the first time. There are two new entrances on Tooley Street, which will connect the north and south sides of the station, while the completion of the five new platforms will allow Cannon Street services to once again stop at London Bridge.
The tracks through and around the station have also been entirely remodelled to modernise the infrastructure and to allow more trains to travel through central London.
Work is expected to continue on the station concourse until the spring and throughout 2018 as new shops and services are opened.