UK infrastructure operator Network Rail has opened two new platforms at London Bridge Station after completing nine days of renovation work.
Platforms 12 and 13 were reconstructed as part of the £6.5bn Thameslink Programme.
More than 1,200 engineers worked on the improvements, which included the installation of new track, new signalling equipment and the reconstruction of a triple-track Victorian railway bridge.
The improvements are believed to offer passengers an efficient travelling experience while providing easier connections to other rail services.
Network Rail major programme director Simon Blanchflower said: "The huge amount of work we have completed in the last nine days is an essential part of the jigsaw that will eventually give passengers new more spacious trains running at tube, such as frequency through central London and connecting them to more destinations that ever before."
The UK Government-sponsored Thameslink Programme aims to transform the current station layout and create a platform with new tracks, which will operate larger, spacious trains to offer passengers more travel options to new destinations.
Network Rail route managing director Dave Ward said: "By 2018, London Bridge will be the most modern station in the UK with more space, better connections and great facilities."
Image: First trains arrive at new London Bridge platforms. Photo: courtesy of Network Rail.