Blackfriars Station to close for two months

Crofton Park commuters will face disruption to their journeys from November until January 2011, as Blackfriars Station will close to allow Thameslink construction work to take place.


BBC News reports that:

The completion of the upper station concourse paves the way for the track "switch" at Christmas.

This will involve work on the the tracks moving from the western side of the bridge to the eastern side - creating the final track alignment for the redeveloped station.

Trains will continue to run through the station for the majority of the closure - from 20 November until 17 January - and passengers will be able to use the nearby City Thameslink station.

A campaign is also under way to rename the station Blackfriars and Bankside, to reflect the fact that when it reopens, it will straddle the river, with entrances on both the north and south banks.

14 comments:

darryl said...

I always thought "Blackfriars" was the south side of the river anyway? (The original Blackfriars station was definitely south of the Thames.)

Blackfriars & Bankside has a nice ring to it, mind.

BrockleyBiker said...

From one of the links "Would naming it "Bankside" make a difference? Surely, traditionalists wouldn't like it?"

I don't the person who wrote that is aware that Blackfriars was originally named St Pauls and only changed in 1937.

(ooops posted this in the wrong place at first)

quick brown fox said...

Two months sounds mercifully short compared to how long the tube station has been shut.

Headhunter said...

Isn't Blackfriars "London Blackfriars", like London Charing Cross, London Liverpool Street etc etc and if so will it become London Blackfriars and Bankside? Bit of a mouthful! On that subject I've always wondered why termini in London gained the prefix "London" and why London Bridge isn't London London Bridge....

BrockleyBiker said...

"On that subject I've always wondered why termini in London gained the prefix "London" and why London Bridge isn't London London Bridge...."

Because no one is that daft...

As to the other point it for clarity ie. London Victoria as opposed to Manchester Victoria.

See there are people living outside London see and it helps for them to know that the station they are looking up is in London.

Monkeyboy said...

To be fair BFR tube isn't shut. It's been utterly demolished to below platform level. There will be a brand new station that will ruse phoenix like from the ashes and will integrate seamlessly (!) with BFR mainline.

BrockleyBiker said...

Like Westminster MB?

Monkeyboy said...

Don't know, not involved in the design side. The new JLE stations are great, not sure that LU/NR are ready to let architects do their thing again. They seem to favour bland, functional boxes these days, like the new kings cross. Perfectly ok but not much fun.

Beecroftian said...

I acutally look upon the closure as a positive thing as I get off at Farringdon so I guess the journey into work should be quicker!

Beecroftian said...

I acutally look upon the closure as a positive thing as I get off at Farringdon so I guess the journey into work should be quicker!

Anonymous said...

How appallingly selfish of you, Beecroftian!

;-)

BrockleyBiker said...

@MB I meant same as in scooping out a ruddy great hole where the station used to be, though having done some reading I think Westminster was more complex.

On a more general note I didn't that the new platforms were going to span the river. That's really quite cool.

Mb said...

Yes a hole, not nearly on the same scale. Blackfriars was only just below the surface. Wesminster is way deeper, to use the Civil engineering term.

Sam Hopes said...

Blackfriars Station had underwent redevelopment
programme and became a landmark station of operator Network Rail. Construction
on the redevelopment project, estimated to cost £350m.

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