Thameslink Programme

Transforming north-south travel through London.

The Government-sponsored £7bn Thameslink Programme is an ambitious 10-year programme of extensive infrastructure enhancements and the delivery of 115 new trains that will bring faster, more frequent, more reliable, better connected journeys for passengers - transforming north-south travel through London.

The Programme is delivering new infrastructure, better stations, new technology and new trains on an expanded Thameslink network to deliver significant improvements that respond to the growth in passenger demand now and into the future.

Although the majority of work is now completed, some remains ongoing. However, changes to services are largely at weekends and during bank holidays, when the railway is less busy, to minimise disruption. For the latest information please visit the Thameslink Programme website or follow us on Twitter @TLProgramme.

Thameslink Programme - an overview

Since 2009 the Thameslink Programme has rebuilt Blackfriars, Farringdon and London Bridge stations and delivered new railway infrastructure including the Borough Viaduct and Bermondsey Dive Under.

This project is part of our London Railway Upgrade Plan, creating new connections and increasing capacity in peak hour by 30%.

Since 2018 Thameslink services have offered new journey opportunities on an expanded network and better connections to airports. Passengers from Cambridge and Peterborough now have direct access to Gatwick for the first time. Passengers from Sussex, Surrey and Kent can access the Great Northern and East Coast routes, and international rail services from St Pancras International. These better rail connections will ensure that London and the South East continue to generate growth and opportunities in the decades ahead.

The increased capacity on the central London Thameslink route will enable Thameslink services to act like an alternative Tube line delivering trains every 2-3 minutes through central London between Blackfriars and St Pancras International. Some passengers will save time as they will be able to travel straight through to the City and beyond without needing to change. This will also relieve crowding on the Underground, especially the Northern Line between London Bridge and St Pancras International.

Since 2018 Thameslink services have offered new journey opportunities on an expanded network and better connections to airports. Passengers from Cambridge and Peterborough now have direct access to Gatwick for the first time. Passengers from Sussex, Surrey and Kent can access the Great Northern and East Coast routes, and international rail services from St Pancras International. These better rail connections will ensure that London and the South East continue to generate growth and opportunities in the decades ahead.

The increased capacity on the central London Thameslink route will enable Thameslink services to act like an alternative Tube line delivering trains every 2-3 minutes through central London between Blackfriars and St Pancras International. Some passengers will save time as they will be able to travel straight through to the City and beyond without needing to change. This will also relieve crowding on the Underground, especially the Northern Line between London Bridge and St Pancras International.

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