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Blackfriars station to close for almost three years

Blackfriars underground station will close for nearly three years starting this week, in a move that will affect thousands of London office workers.

The busy Tube station is shutting down for major refurbishment as part of the £5.5 billion Thameslink project, and will not open again until late 2011.

The upgrade will cost £350 million and will affect around 44,000 commuters daily, impacting employees and commercial property in London’s southwest corner. Existing passengers are being directed to get off at Mansion House and Temple stations because trains will no longer stop at Blackfriars, which serves the District and Circle lines.

The disruption is bound to anger many who work in the area. “There will be some disruption while we build the new station,” admitted Thameslink programme director Andy Mitchell, “but the end result will see through London services tripled and with longer trains too.”

The new Blackfriars will be the first station to span the River Thames.

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