London’s South Bank is to gain Britain’s first station spanning a river, as part of the redevelopment of Blackfriar’s Station.
The multi-million pound project will see a glazed entrance area on the bank of the River Thames, with shops, ticketing facilities and entry to new platforms. The works will also enable Blackfriars to handle 12-car trains for the first time, with “significantly more trains stopping at the station every hour”.
Commenting on the project Jim Crawford, Network Rail’s Thameslink major programme director said:
“The creation of a new station entrance on the South Bank will not only make journeys easier for thousands of commuters who use Blackfriars every day, it will also provide easier access for visitors to some of London’s leading attractions, such as the Tate Modern and the Globe Theatre. In the long term, we have no doubt the new station will bring many benefits to this area.”
In order for the works to be carried out, a 100-metre stretch of the Thames Path will be closed from September 14, 2009, until late 2011. This closure will affect the section of the path between the western gate at the foot of Blackfriars Road Bridge, up to the Founders Arms pub.
An alternative walking route has been established which will take pedestrians up a set of stairs and south down Blackfriars Road for about 100m, turning left at Southwark Street and walking under the railway bridge. The route then takes the first left down Hopton Street, which it follows for just over 200m until it rejoins the Thames Path between the Tate Modern gallery and the Falcon Point apartment block.
For more information visit networkrail.co.uk.
Report by Mark Caswell