In Pictures: London Bridge's 5 New Platforms

In Pictures: London Bridge's 5 New Platforms
The new platforms, as seen from above

Five new platforms, and a grand concourse, are now open at London Bridge station, as a five-year redevelopment nears completion.

Cannon Street services are again stopping at London Bridge, while the new concourse — bigger than the pitch at Wembley — links all of the station's 15 platforms for the first time.

The concourse's graceful ceiling looks more like a concert hall than a train station

Two new entrances on Tooley Street connect the north and south sides of the station.

As part of the improvements, a new platform has been built at Redhill in Surrey, to increase capacity and reduce delays on the Brighton Main Line.

Says Mark Carne, Chief Executive of Network Rail, "The opening of our landmark station is a shining example of the investment we are making in the railway. I would like to thank passengers for their patience while we transformed London Bridge into the modern transport hub it is today, with more trains to more destinations, connecting north-south London and beyond."

A neo-gothic-meets-brutalist, crypt-like walkway

In all, the epic overhaul will have cost £1bn. There has previously been speculation that the it still won't be enough to cope with passenger demand, at what is London's oldest train station.

All images © Network Rail.

Last Updated 02 January 2018

Andrew Gwilt

It looks very nice, big, spacious, modern and very clean.

Melvyn Windebank

I visited London Bridge Station today and the new station is a major improvement on how it used to be although work is still ongoing on parts of the station.

No doubt the undercroft will eventually emulate St Pancras International with restaurants and shops in the Western Arcade shown above generating revenue for Netbwork Rail to invest .

As for the new station not being enough it's worth remembering that the number of platforms serving Southern has been reduced as part of the reallocation of platforms which simply converted terminating platforms for through platforms without any overall increase in platforms !

I suppose one Crayonista scheme would see. Southern trains entering a new Crossrail style tunnel east of London Bridge then serving new Crossrail type platforms underground then on to Waterloo then a joint station at Nine elms/ Vauxhall emerging at Clapham Junction !