Passengers and railway neighbours have been thanked for their patience after a weekend of Network Rail work in and around London Bridge.

The Government-sponsored Thameslink Programme is rebuilding London Bridge station and the railway around it in stages until 2018. The work this Bank Holiday weeked included the laying of more than 1km of new track, the installation of a massive new signal gantry near Waterloo East, several new sets of points installed and more than 6km of power cables laid.

As a result, there were no trains to or from Charing Cross, Waterloo East, Cannon Street and parts of London Bridge over all three days of the holiday.

Thameslink Programme rail systems director Mark Somers said:  “I’d like to thank passengers and our neighbours for their patience this Bank Holiday as we have completed more work around London Bridge.

“Every weekend where we can do work on this scale is absolutely massive for us. Every single piece of track and every piece of equipment we put in position this weekend is crucial for Christmas, which will be the vital next stage for the project.”