Prince William officially opens London Bridge station
Back to work: Prince William officially opens London Bridge station after £1billion revamp as he makes his first royal engagement since birth of baby Louis
- Prince William unveiled a plaque today following the transformation of Britain’s fourth busiest railway station
- London Bridge is said to have nearly doubled its capacity and created two-thirds more space for passengers
- 35-year-old royal carried out his first engagement this morning after a break following birth of his son Louis
- William arrived on a Thameslink train at the station, which brings 56million passengers into London a year
The Duke of Cambridge today officially opened London Bridge station after a five-year £1billion redevelopment.
Prince William unveiled a plaque following the transformation of Britain’s fourth busiest railway station which is said to have nearly doubled its capacity and created two-thirds more space for passengers.
The 35-year-old royal carried out his first engagement this morning after a break following the birth of his new son Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge, who was born on April 23, weighing 8lb 7oz.
The Duke of Cambridge speaks to children before he officially opens London Bridge train station this morning
Prince William looks at a model of the new London Bridge station following its £1billion redevelopment programme
The Duke of Cambridge officially opens the revamped London Bridge railway station by unveiling a plaque this morning
The Duke of Cambridge signs the visitors’ book as he officially opens London Bridge station this morning
Prince William (centre) with Transport Secretary Chris Grayling (left) and Network Rail Chief Executive Mark Carne (right)
William with Mr Grayling and Mr Carne at London Bridge station today, which has had a new track layout implemented
He was given a present for his family – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Louis – of a book about Southwark Cathedral’s cat and laughed when the Network Rail chief joked Louis might one day have a career on the railways.
William arrived by train at the station, which brings 56million passengers into London a year, before meeting apprentices and staff involved in the project, which began in 2012 with the old train shed’s removal.
The Prince was greeted by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and Simon Blanchflower, Network Rail’s Thameslink programme director, after arriving from Blackfriars station on a new Class 700 Thameslink service.
Mark Carne, chief executive of Network Rail which carried out the redevelopment, began by mentioning the birth of Louis on St George’s Day – April 23.
He said: ‘On behalf of everyone on Britain’s railways I’d like to congratulate you and the Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of Prince Louis.
The 35-year-old royal carried out his first engagement this morning after a break following the birth of his new son
William spoke at the revamped station, where all 15 platforms can now be accessed from a single central point
The Duke of Cambridge (left) officially opens London Bridge station today as people take photographs of the moment
A British Transport Police officer watches crowds gathered before the arrival of Prince William at the station this morning
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their new son Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge on April 23 in London
‘I know that the royal family have always been tremendous supporters and users of the railway and I hope that Prince Louis will perhaps have a flourishing career as a railway engineer.
‘I am immensely proud that we brought this wonderful station into service on the very day we said we would, more than five years ago.
‘This station has been rebuilt from the Victorian foundations upwards, the team of engineers that achieved this had to carry out this huge project whilst still providing a service for 48million people who use this station every year.’
All 15 platforms at the station can now be accessed from a single central point, while the street level concourse has become the largest in the country and is roughly the size of the Wembley Stadium pitch.
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