London has a fascinating and truly unique landscape, its distinctiveness so strong that could not be mistaken for being anywhere else in the world. The British capital’s compelling setting has undergone huge transformations in recent years with major developments and redevelopments having taken place.
Many of these redevelopments have been focused on London’s rail stations, whereby designers and developers have been intent on retaining the grandeur of the original Victorian architecture, whilst providing new and innovative facilities for the modern London rail traveller.
Take a look at how London railway stations have evolved in recent years.
London Bridge Station is the UK’s forth busiest station, which, when redevelopment is completed, will see more than 90 million passengers travel through it each year.
Built in the 1830s London Bridge is one of the oldest railway stations in the world but the £500 million redevelopment project will comprise of the most advanced technology in railway design and engineering.
The £500 million redevelopment of King’s Cross included a glass domed roof, a new concourse that is the size of three Olympic swimming pools, a state-of-the-art waiting area and shopping zones. This wholly impressive new structure is made up of 1,200 triangular panels and is now considered to be a world class transport hub.
The £300 million redevelopment of Farringdon Station includes two 245 metre long platform tunnels with concourses and now has entrances at both the eastern and western ends.
This north east London station now provides an interchange with the London Underground and London Thameslink networks.
Being one of the key stations used in the London Olympics, Stratford Station went under a massive redevelopment that saw the platforms being significantly lengthened and a new entrance being built at Westfield Shopping Centre.
The £350 million redevelopment of Blackfriars Station is the first station to have ever spanned the Thames.
Aimed at easing rail congestion as well as improving infrastructure of the city, the Blackfriars South Bank entrance provides direct access to some of the city’s leading attractions, including Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Tate Modern.
The highly impressive north side building consists of a curvaceous glass ticket hall and London Underground service with a mezzanine level.