059/270: #Blackfriars – The Station On The Bridge

The mainline station at Blackfriars is unlike any other in London. Spanning the width of the Thames, this impressive structure was completed in 2012 and offers Thameslink passengers spectacular views of the river in both directions as they wait for their trains. The station also intelligently uses recycled piers left over from the 1864 bridge leading into Holborn Viaduct.

Refurbished in the same year, the District and Circle Line platforms are of a simple and spacious design. Escalators lead up to a shared concourse which fronts the street with a sweeping curved glass and metal facade.

Despite it being a reasonably major player, this is one of those stations I rarely use in day-to-day life. The edge-of-the-financial-district location doesn’t offer much for me in terms of surroundings, whilst the interchange from Tube to Thameslink is not one I find myself needing to do all that often… And besides most North East to South East journeys are more efficiently completed through London Bridge or Canada Water. This is a shame as the whole complex is truly a pleasure to use.

Image copyright A Carter – CallingAllStations.co.uk