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The line would extend from London Bridge Station to take trains into a terminus close to central London.
1863 The railway had been completed under Mr Hawkshaw, the engineer, and was awaiting inspection; some construction delays meant the hotel would not be open immediately. The cost was 4 times the original estimate, partly because of extra expenditure on purchasing properties on the route that had been bought cheap by speculators and resold to the company at higher price.
1864 The railway opened in January without fanfare. Extension into Cannon Street Railway Station was expected within 2 years - this was a separate scheme in legal terms although using much of the same viaducts.