A reminder of the Second World War has disappeared from South East London with the replacement of Bolina Road bridge.

Closed in January 2013 as Network Rail started work on the Bermondsey dive-under, part of the Thameslink programme, the run- down bridge was riddled with bullet holes.

Today, the road has been transformed into a safe, well-lit community space, open to pedestrians and cyclists, with granite kerbs, pallas paving, improved lighting and a state of the art cycling surface.

Network Rail’s consents manager for highways, Bob Wormald, said: “Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do on the Thameslink programme and the work we have done here at Bolina Road is testament to that. We would like to thank local residents for their patience while we built the Dive Under, which will improve journeys for the millions of passengers that travel into and out of London Bridge each year.”

The final tracks have now been laid through the dive-under ahead of two new lines coming into use for Southeastern services over the August bank holiday.