A three-day closure of Cannon Street, Charing Cross, Waterloo East and part of London Bridge came to end at 0400 on May 26 after a long weekend of major improvement work by Network Rail.
The rebuilding of London Bridge station and the tracks around it are part of the £6.5 billion Thameslink Programme. Work connected with that aim meant that no trains could run to or through the northern – high level – side of the station over the long weekend.
NR said that regular commuters would see that the former platforms 5 and 6 have been demolished, leaving room for the station construction team to move in now that old track has been dug up and repositioned, giving Charing Cross trains a different path through the station.
Over the same weekend, a bridge carrying trains over Joiner Street - better known as the pedestrian entrance to the station from Tooley Street - has been jacked up and set down on new supports, increasing the strength of the bridge to cope with increasing numbers of trains.
NR pictures and timelapse footage shows the work to demolish the old platforms and move the track over. When complete, new platforms will be linked to a large new sub-surface concourse with lifts and escalators, improving the station for the 145,000 people who use it every day.