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.
This project is part of our London Railway Upgrade Plan, creating new connections and increasing capacity in peak hour by 30%.
More stations outside London will be connected to the Thameslink route, providing better travel options to more destinations. There will be a brand new rail hub at Farringdon connecting Thameslink and Crossrail and linking three major airports (Gatwick, Heathrow and Luton) and St Pancras International.
More reliable journeys
Trains will run every two to three minutes in each direction through central London at the busiest times. New track and modern trains will provide more reliable journeys. We have untangled the track on the approaches to London Bridge station to reduce the time trains wait for platforms to clear and cut delays.
We’ve completed work at Blackfriars and Farringdon and many other stations are more spacious, accessible and modern. The new London Bridge Station will be completed in 2018, with passengers already benefitting from new platforms for more trains, a new concourse and better connections. The new bigger and better station will be modern, spacious and fully accessible – fit for the twenty-first century.
The new, spacious Siemens Class 700 trains will be longer and more energy-efficient. They will have more luggage space, improved access for people with reduced mobility, air conditioning and better travel information.
The rail industry delivering in partnership
Improvements to stations, track and signalling are being carried out by Network Rail working closely with train operators Southeastern, Southern and Thameslink to minimise disruption to passengers. Thameslink will manage the introduction of the new train fleet and depots as well as the transition to new automatic train operating systems in central London and the new link to the East Coast Mainline.