Work on track at London’s Blackfriars Station
The redevelopment of Blackfriars is progressing on schedule and the first 12 car Thameslink trains will be able to use the station by the end of the year.
With an increased capacity, allowing it to handle these longer trains, the revamped Blackfriars will also be the first station to span the River Thames and consequently the first to be built on London’s South Bank for 120 years.
Steelwork contractor Watson Steel Structures is currently completing the erection of the station’s new roof. A series of Vierendeel trusses, centrally supported by a spine beam and tubular Y-shaped columns, span the three platforms and four railways lines.
The trusses have been predominantly erected in fully assembled halves, with most of the projects steelwork delivered by barge. The roof will support 9,000 south facing photo voltaic cells, which will deliver approximately 50% of the station’s energy requirements.
Watson Steel has also installed a completely new steel bridge deck and new arched ribs to the spans – creating a wider bridge structure. The company has also completed substantial strengthening works to the original Victorian bridge.