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A stunning new station spanning the Thames
Timelapse video of the solar panels being installed on the roof of Blackfriars station
The first station to span the Thames offers passengers longer trains and more frequent services, easier connections to the underground and step free access to both banks of the Thames – as well as a stunning view of London.
More space on trains - longer platforms means train length increased from 8 to 12 carriages.
More trains per hour – twice the number of platforms and new track systems means services have increased from 8 trains per hour to 12 (and will go up to 24 when Thameslink is complete in 2018).
An enhanced Underground station makes catching the tube easier.
The only station with entrances on both banks of the Thames brings people closer to landmarks such the Tate Modern and St Pauls Cathedral.
New lifts and escalators give step-free access.
Over 4,400 photovoltaic panels, enough to cover 23 tennis courts, crown the roof and provide up to 50% of the station's energy, enough to make almost 80,000 cups of tea a day.
They will reduce the station's CO2 emissions by an estimated 511 tonnes per year – equivalent approximately to 89,000 average car journeys.
London Blackfriars sits at the heart of the £6.5 billion Thameslink Programme which will increase capacity on one of Europe's busiest stretches of railway running north-south through central London.
Once complete, it will deliver:
Blackfriars bridge looking west, August 2013
Final solar panel being installed on the station roof.
Blackfriars station at dawn, August 2013
Blackfriars bridge seen from the north, August 2013
Blackfriars bridge at night, August 2013
Blackfriars bridge seen from the north east, August 2013
Blackfriars station - view of platform on the bridge