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  • London Blackfriars

    A stunning new station spanning the Thames

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    Timelapse video of the solar panels being installed on the roof of Blackfriars station

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  • 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.

  • Longer, more frequent trains

    More space on trains: longer platforms mean train length increased from 8 to 12 carriages.

    More trains per hour: twice the number of platforms and new track systems mean services have increased from 8 trains per hour to 12 (and will go up to 24 when Thameslink is complete in 2018).

    Better connections

    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 Paul's Cathedral.

    New lifts and escalators give step-free access.


    The world’s largest solar bridge

    Over 4,400 photovoltaic panels – enough to cover 23 tennis courts – crown the roof and provide up to 50 per cent 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 to around 89,000 average car journeys.

    Transforming the Thameslink route

    London Blackfriars sits at the heart of the £6.5bn 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:

    • Redeveloped stations including London Bridge, Blackfriars and Farringdon
    • More frequent services through central London, reducing crowding on other routes and modes of transports
    • Longer trains with more carriages
    • New, more efficient trains with even more space
    • Trains to more destinations including Cambridge and Peterborough
  • Timeline

    Blackfriars station redevelopment timeline
    1   Spring 2009: Number of trains serving Blackfriars increased to 15 per hour
    2   March 2009 to February 2012: Blackfriars Underground station closed for improvement
    3   Christmas 2009: 350 tonne section of strengthened bridge built and slid into place
    4   Spring 2010: Work started to widen eastern side of Blackfriars bridge
    5   November 2010 to January 2011: Blackfriars closed for eight weeks while work on east side of bridge is completed
    6   Spring 2011: Work started to widen western side of bridge
    7   Autumn 2011: First passenger benefits felt – access to the station available through new southern entrance, and 12-carriage trains begin serving Blackfriars
    8   February 2012: New London Underground station opens for use
    9   Summer 2012: New northern and southern entrances fully open
  • Gallery

    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


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