The redevelopment of a train station is set to be on time as part of a major £1.5m scheme.

Great Thameslink Railway is doubling the size of the concourse at Elstree & Borehamwood station as well as improving passenger facilities.

The main building is set to close in the new year for extension work and temporary measures will be put in place.

Contractor HA Marks Construction has demolished a coffee shop to make way for a new temporary ticket office to the right of the station.

Three ticket machines will be moved out of the station for all-day use. The Nisa shop will continue trading throughout the work.

Other changes to the station as part of the building work include larger toilets, a disabled toilet, and a better reconfigured ticket queueing system. There will also be a new coffee shop and double the amount of entrances and exits (currently one).

A glass and steel cycle hub will also be installed providing space for 80 bikes.

As part of the project, GTR has pledged to protect murals and banners and images throughout the station which celebrates Elstree screen heritage. They will all be moved and then reinstalled when the work is complete.

Work is expected to be completed by the end of spring 2019.

GTR Project Manager Paul Best said: "I'm thrilled that the project is now properly under way. We will try to keep disruption to a minimum and we'll be sure to keep passengers updated throughout. By spring we'll have a much larger station with better facilities and a more pleasant gateway to the town for all our customers."