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Blackfriars becomes the first station ever to span the River Thames

05 December 2011

With the new entrance now open on the south side of the river, Blackfriars offers passengers a direct link to South Bank and Bankside improving access to homes, businesses and cultural attractions such as the Tate Modern.


We're rebuilding Blackfriars station, reconstructing the Victorian rail bridge to make way for longer trains on First Capital Connect’s Thameslink route, creating new entrances north and south of the river, and building a brand new London Underground station.

The work is part of the Thameslink programme, which will see longer trains and more frequent services running on the route between Bedford and Brighton, through central London. As a result of the improvements up and down the route, First Capital Connect will begin running 12-carriage trains on the route from Monday 12 December 2011.

Better services, better connections

Lindsay Vamplew, our project director for Blackfriars, said: “Our plan to transform Blackfriars station is nearing completion, and over the coming months passengers will begin to reap the benefits including new entrances, a new underground station, a better train service and direct connections to new parts of London.

First Capital Connect Projects Director David Statham said: “We’re working hard to improve services for customers and this new entrance on the South Bank is the latest enhancement. Before today, it would have taken 10 minutes to reach this spot from the north bank. Now it can take just a matter of seconds.

Temporary closures

The Thames Path, which has been closed to pedestrians while construction work has been underway, has also been reopened, providing an uninterrupted walking route under Blackfriars bridge to connect with the new station entrance. The Thames Path will be closed occasionally for night time and weekend work to complete the construction. We'll advertise the dates in advance

From 12 December 2011, the new northern entrance to Blackfriars on New Bridge Street will be open between 6am and 8pm. Outside these hours, you can access the station from Queen Victoria Street. When the London Underground station reopens in February the New Bridge Street entrance will remain open throughout the hours the station is open.

Still to come

The final phase of our plans to redevelop the station include a new station entrance opening on the north bank of the river on 12 December 2011 with the first ever 12-car trains on the Thameslink route calling at Blackfriars on the same date. A new look London Underground station will open in February 2012 followed by two new national rail platforms in May.

Fact file

  • 2,000 engineers working on site daily
  • 13,000 rivets removed from the Victorian rail bridge
  • 5,500 tonnes of new steel installed
  • 300,000 people moving through the worksite daily, on the railway, Underground, roads and river
  • 4,400 solar panels on the roof of Blackfriars will provide 50% of the station’s annual energy needs