Major work is set to begin on the South Bank of London’s Thames river, as part of the redevelopment of Blackfriars station, which will become the country’s first and only station to span a river.

The new station, which will also be the first in the area for 120 years, will be located at the base of the Blackfriars bridge that runs over the River Thames.

The new station will feature a glazed entrance area complete with shops, ticket facilities and entry to the new platforms and will have the capacity to handle 12-car trains.

The project implemented by Network Rail is expected to begin in mid-September 2009 and be complete by the end of 2011.

The new station is part of the ongoing £5.5bnThameslink programme to improve infrastructure at 50 stations, resulting in better travelling times through or to London from the north and south.

By the end of 2011 the station will be able to handle longer 12-car trains for the first time with significantly more trains stopping at the station every hour.