Costain Marks Opening Of London Bridge Station Street Level Concourse And Through Platforms
30 August 2016
Costain today marks the successful opening of the London Bridge Station street level concourse and through platforms over the bank holiday weekend.
London Bridge Station is one of the most complex and ambitious rail station redevelopments in the UK and is part of the Government-sponsored Thameslink Programme which is helping to transform north-south journeys for passengers across London and the south east.
Costain’s role on this phase of delivery was to workin an integrated team with Network Rail and was responsible for the design and construction of the UK’s fourth busiest train station.
Commenting on the team’s achievement, Darren James, Managing Director, Infrastructure said, “We are delighted to be helping Network Rail to meet London’s growing transport needs by increasing both passenger and rail capacity at the station by 40 percent. We have completed this work in phases to keep London Bridge station open throughout construction for over 50 million passengers who travel through the station each year.”
The success of the ambitious redevelopment programme, which is running to schedule, is down to a complex staging process. This involves demolishing the old platforms and the arches below and then progressively reconfiguring the tracks to construct the new station in nine stages, each stage of which must come into service before the next stage can commence. Through pre-fabrication and a modular approach to construction, we have ensured the station is remaining fully operational while works take place.
So far during construction:
- 2006 piles have been installed
- 49948m3 of concrete has been poured
- 2771m of canopy has been installed
- 9000m2 platform paving has been laid
- 4700m2 of granite has been laid on the new concourse
The next major stage opening will be the completion of the station in 2018 cementing its status as a vital node in the capital’s busy transport network, and continuing to be a catalyst in the regeneration of the London Bridge Quarter.
Costain Communications Department