But London’s rail network is facing a capacity crunch. At the busiest times, some parts of the network have no space to run more trains. Trains are overcrowded. Continued investment in increasing rail capacity and providing rapid connections is essential for both London and Britain's economy.
To deal with this we are in the midst of the biggest investment plan since Victorian times - our Railway Upgrade Plan to 2019. It is creating major new connections, transforming stations, allowing more seats on more frequent trains and improving reliability.
What we've already delivered:
Benefits at a glance
Click on the map to download a PDF providing an at a glance view of the benefits we've delivered so far, as well as what we're going to be delivering up to 2019. With a handy key, its designed to make it easy to see the immediate and longer term benefits to passenger services across the capital.
Delivered by 2019:
When the Elizabeth line opens fully in 2019, 1.5 million more people will be able to get to central London within 45 minutes.
It will link Reading and Heathrow in the west with Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, via new 21km tunnels under central London. This will increase London’s rail capacity and cut passenger journey times across the city.
The government-sponsored Thameslink Programme is transforming north-south travel through London.
When the project is completed in 2018, journeys on some of the busiest routes in the country will be improved, with new spacious trains every two to three minutes through central London at peak times helping us meet the huge rise in demand for train travel.
There are more than 230 million passenger journeys on the railway to and from London Waterloo every year – an increase of over 100 per cent in 20 years. Investment will transform the station and improve passenger services.
In August 2017 a huge programme of works was completed to allow longer trains to serve suburban routes and Reading. This was achieved by providing extended platforms and redesigning the track layout to allow more trains every hour with new technology to make trains more efficient and improve punctuality.