Costa Coffee is all that is left to build as a £1.5m train station project comes to an end, right on time.

Work has been ongoing for several months at Elstree & Borehamwood station where Thameslink has committed itself to proving a station for the town the "people have always deserved".

The scheme, which began in November, has doubled the size of the concourse, creating space for another two ticket gates.

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Inside the new concourse at the station

The ticket office has been rebuilt and reconfigured so that queuing passengers do not block others passing through. There are now three ticket machines inside the new concourse and another two outside.

There are also bigger male and female toilets and, for the first time, an accessible toilet.

Nisa convenience store has stayed open throughout and is now 50 per cent larger.

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Nisa convenience store is now twice as big as before at Elstree & Borehamwood station

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Karl White, joint manager at the newly-revamped Nisa store, serves a customer. Elstree & Borehamwood has been extended to ease congestion and improve facilities

Passengers will be able to visit Costa Coffee, which needs to be fitted, from the station and platform 1.

The coffee chain already has two branches in Borehamwood Shopping Park and an outlet in Tesco.

Thameslink station manager Marc Asamoah said: "This has been a fabulously well-run project which has given the passengers of Elstree & Borehamwood the station they have always deserved. We’re delighted with the end result."

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They were all part of our team: HA Marks contract manager Innocent Obiekwe (back) says the station team led by Marc Asamoah (far right) was a huge support during the extension of Elstree & Borehamwood station

Contracts Manager at HA Marks, Innocent Obiekwe has had up to 28 people working on the site at any one time.

He has hit every milestone in the often-difficult project.

He said: "One of the greatest challenges was the condition of the ground we were digging up. This used to be a railway sidings and there were all sorts of things buried there, such as abandoned railway sleepers, concrete structures and track.

"We also had to keep the station operating while we did all this work as well as maintain access to Nisa."