By Susan DeFreitas

The Blackfriars Bridge over the River Thames was constructed back in Victorian times, and now it''s getting a distinctly steampunk facelift with the addition of 4,400 photovoltaic panels. When complete, this installation is expected to be not only the largest solar power array in the United Kingdom, but also the world''s largest solar bridge.

The bridge, cons tructed in 1886, forms the foundation for the new Blackfriars station, which is being upgraded by Network Rail to meet the needs of more passengers and an improved train service. As part of these improvements, a new roof will be added to the historic structure with over 6,000 square meters (around 19,685 square feet) of solar panels.


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