The long term benefits of the redevelopment of London Bridge station to passengers will be "tremendous" despite the disruption to services, a minister has said.
Network Rail have released images of the two new platforms scheduled to open next week as part of the £6.5 billion redevelopment.
Rail Minister Stephen Hammond said:
Thameslink is vital if we are to deliver a transport network fit for the 21st century, providing more seats across the morning peak and better connections across the south east.
The London Bridge redevelopment is at the heart of this project and I am pleased to see progress is being made with the opening of these two new platforms.
Whilst there will be disruption, the benefits to passengers in the long term will be tremendous.
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