Network Rail has released timelapse footage showing the reconstruction of Blackfriars Station

The final two platforms at Blackfriars station are to open this weekend. As the rebuilding work comes to a close, Network Rail has released timelapse footage of progress at the site from 2009 until today.

Paul Byrne, Network Rail senior programme manager, said “Our work to rebuild Blackfriars is approaching completion with two new platforms opening on Saturday, coupled with the end of weekend closures on the route, allowing over 700 extra trains to serve the station each week.

“We’ve still got a plenty of work to do before the Blackfriars upgrade is completed but more areas of the new station are opening month by month, train services are improving, and passengers are seeing the benefits.”

The work is part of an upgrade to the Thameslink route, which runs from Bedford to Brighton through central London. The new station will be fully operational by summer 2012.