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Part of the swish new London Bridge concourse is finally opening

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Hayley Spencer

Anyone who uses London Bridge station on the regular will be well aware that it's been undergoing a huge renovation, with hoarding blocking off parts of the station for the past three years. The shortage of space has caused chaos for passengers with delays and a headline-making crush in March 2015. So it'll come as a huge relief that part of the huge passenger concourse will finally be unveiled on Bank Holiday Monday.

Two thirds of the concourse will be opened on Monday, which includes links to eight platforms via stairs and escalators. Also, Charing Cross trains – via Waterloo East – will start calling at London Bridge again for the first time in a year and a half. Hurrah!

Though, on the downside, with renovations on the north side of the station about to begin, some Southeastern services will be affected. This will include trains to Cannon Street, which won't run from the station until January 2018, when the project is due for completion.

The concourse will make way for new shops and restaurants, plus, over on Tooley Street, a new complex for shops and a cinema is set to open in the next two years. That's on top of an influx of new business in Borough Market and on Bermondsey Street over the past few years. So, while Network Rail may still take a bashing over Twitter in the meantime, it should all be worth the wait for residents and commuters alike.

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