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Cannon Street

In the early 1990s the station layout was modified considerably to allow 12 car Networkers to access any platform whereas previously only the main line platforms had been able to accommodate full length trains. The most obvious result to the travelling public was the reduction of the number of platforms from eight to seven, which in itself poses an interesting question. All the eight platforms were rebuilt to the new length but platform one couldn't have its track extended as the narrowing of the bridge at the station throat was too great. Having expected to see the bridge widened to accommodate this road the interested passenger saw, instead, the road abandoned, the platforms renumbered, the edge of the old platform one fenced off and a "Portacabin" style building erected approximately a third of the way down the old platform one trackbed. The question is, did someone make a big mistake and not allow for the narrowing of the station throat when planning the extended platforms? If it was planned from the start to abandon the old platform one, why was the platform edge rebuilt?

The irony of it all is job losses in the City of London had a knock-on effect on the number of passengers which resulted in there no longer being a need for 12 car networkers. The extended platforms still handle trains of up to just ten cars!

 
Cannon St The bridge carrying the lines over the River Thames photographed on 4th January 2003. The bowed south façade of the modern office block built above the station can just be seen. The ends of the platforms (hidden by the bridge sides) are over the water to the right of the tower on the left. The structure in the foreground is a crane used by a refuse depot!

photograph by David Glasspool

 
The main entrances to the station, fronting on to Cannon Street, taken 4th January 2003. This is where the City Terminus Hotel once stood, being demolished in 1963 when it was functioning as offices. There is a side entrance in Dowgate Hill (far side of station) and an internal connection to the Underground station, so it is possible to enter and leave the main line station through the Underground entrance as well.

photograph by David Glasspool

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Cannon St The Dowgate Hill side of the station on 4th January 2003, showing how Upper Thames Street runs under the platforms. Note that the original wall structure was shortened considerably to accommodate the new office block structure above the station. Just to the left of the picture is the main entrance to this office block, "Cannon Bridge", which has a pleasant roof garden above it. Underneath the arches are several small businesses and "Cannons", a city gym club. On the opposite side of the station was the entrance to "St Andrew Golf Club", maybe the only one-hole golf club but almost certainly the only one beneath a railway station! It has now moved, however, to Allhallows Lane.

photograph by David Glasspool

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