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Time-lapse video shows work at London Bridge

Network Rail have released a video showing track laying at London Bridge last week. Two new platforms have opened at the station this morning.

“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 like frequency through central London, and connecting them to more destinations that ever before.

We try our best to minimise the impact on passengers and do most of the work behind the scenes, but there are big pieces of work that can only be completed when the railway is clear of trains and people.

We do this at the quietest times, such as the August bank holiday, but we understand the impact our work has on the daily lives of passengers we’d like to thank them all for bearing with us whilst we got it done.”

– Simon Blanchflower, Network Rail's major programme director

Delays spread to London Bridge station

First Capital Connect says trains between London Bridge and East Croydon are being delayed by up to 20 minutes because of an earlier problem at London Victoria.


Electrocution incident to be probed by safety officials

An incident which left a man with serious burns will be investigated by the Health and Safety Executive.

A police statement said:

Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 13:16hrs today, Monday, 14 April, to reports of a man suffering burns at London Bridge Street, SE1.

Officers are in attendance along with London's Air Ambulance.

The area has been secured and the matter will be investigated by the Health and Safety Executive.

Hazard zone in place after worker drills through cables

A hazard zone is in place after a workman suffered serious burns in an incident in London Bridge, the fire service has said.

Man suffers serious burns 'after being electrocuted'

A worker has suffered serious burns after reportedly cutting through live cables in London Bridge.

The worker was electrocuted after reportedly cutting through live cables. Credit: Google Maps

“We were called at 13:16 to London Bridge Street to reports of an incident," a London Ambulance statement said.

“We sent an ambulance crew, motorcycle responder, two single responders in cars and our Hazardous Area Response Team.

“We treated one patient - a man - for serious burns and he was taken to Chelsea and Westminster hospital as a priority.”


Station overhaul will 'transform travel through London'

Developers behind the renovation of London Bridge station claim the extensive work will result in a "bigger and brighter station" which will transform north-south travel through London.

The work, due to be completed in 2018, will enable trains to run with "Tube-like frequency" every two to three minutes, Network Rail claims.

Network Rail claim the new platforms will transform north-south travel in London. Credit: Network Rail

Passengers will be able to travel more efficiently and make easier connections to other rail services as a result of the improved facilities.

When complete, the station will be longer than the Shard is tall while the entire length of the platforms will be covered by undulating canopies of steel and aluminum.

The station will be longer than the Shard is tall when the work is complete. Credit: Network Rail

Dave Ward, Network Rail route managing director, said: “This huge investment in rebuilding London Bridge station will transform rail travel in London for millions of people across London and the south east.

"By 2018, London Bridge will be the most modern station in Britain with more space, better connections and great facilities."

New platforms on schedule to open at London Bridge

The first phase of the extensive redevelopment of London Bridge railway station is on course to finish next week but passengers have been warned to expect further disruption as renovations continue.

The overhaul will 'result in a bigger and brighter station', developers claim. Credit: Network Rail

Two new platforms will be brought into use on March 31 before another two are closed for the next stage of the process.

The station is being redeveloped as part of the Government-sponsored £6.5 billion Thameslink Programme which developers claim will remove bottlenecks to enable a more efficient service and to reduce the pressure on the Underground.

The continued overhaul of the station, which began in May 2013, will result in disruption to passengers in late March, August and December.

RNLI: Incident is a life saved

"This incident has been recorded as a life saved as there were no other boats in the area at the time and I don’t think anyone was actually aware he was in the water.

He was incredibly fortunate in that respect.

We still don’t know how he came to be in the water but due to an unusual twist of fate we managed to avoid one more fatality on the River Thames last night.

That first person who was threatening to jump from London Bridge probably has no idea that, all things considered, he saved another man’s life."

– Toni Scarr, volunteer lifeboat crew member for Tower RNLI

Man's threat to jump from London Bridge leads to stranger's life being saved

A man threatening to throw himself into the Thames inadvertently saved the life of a stranger who was drowning in the river below.

Such rescues are only possible due to voluntary contributions to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution charity. Credit: RNLI/James Oxley

Tower RNLI crew say they would never have spotted a person in the water if it wasn't for the callout to reports of someone on a ledge and ready to jump at London Bridge late on Wednesday evening.

By the time they arrived police had managed to talk the man down, but the crew spotted someone else on the bridge pointing towards the water.

It was then that they spotted the person in the river, desperately struggling to keep his head above the water as he was dragged down by a large duffel coat.

When they pulled him out, the crew found he was suffering from hypothermia and he was taken to hospital.

The RNLI say they don't know how the person ended up in the water, but he was said to have been alert and apologetic when he was attended to by crews.

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