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London Bridge Station is Falling Down

 

London Bridge Station is falling down under a demolition contract to make space for a brand new station.

This time-lapse footage from London Bridge station shows the scale of demolition work taking place underneath the platforms to create space for the station’s new street-level concourse.

In the shadow of London’s newest landmark, The Shard, Network Rail is completely rebuilding London Bridge – the capital’s oldest rail terminal – as part of the £6.5bn Thameslink Programme, which will increase capacity and reliability on one of Europe’s busiest rail routes.

The work to rebuild the station is being carried out in phases to keep the station open for business and minimise disruption to passengers. This latest time-lapse video, taken in September, shows the demolition of 19th century brick arches underneath platforms 10 and 11, which are currently being rebuilt and will reopen to passengers in January.

The first part of the new station concourse at London Bridge will open in 2016, with the entire concourse complete in 2018.

Cambrian Coast railway up and running

The train service between Harlech and Pwllheli is open for business again following the successful rebuild of Pont Briwet viaduct. (right)

The project has seen the 150 year-old wooden bridge over the Afon Dwyryd near Llandecwyn replaced with a modern structure.

Funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Welsh Government, Network Rail and TraCC, and managed by Gwynedd Council, the project has also involved line speed improvement work across the new bridge as part of plans to deliver faster journey times on the route.

With the rail bridge now complete, trains are now able to run the entire Cambrian Coast line for the first time since late 2013.

The upper section of the Cambrian Coast railway closed between Harlech and Pwllheli in November 2013, shortly after the £20m bridge-replacement project commenced, so work to replace the structure could be conducted safely.

Further work was required on the Cambrian Coast earlier this year after ferocious winter storms caused widespread damage. The lower section of the line – between Dovey Junction and Harlech – closed in January, after storms and tidal surges severely damaged the infrastructure.

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