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Thameslink Programme

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.


During the work, there will be some changes to train services. For the latest information please visit the Thameslink Programme website or follow us on Twitter @TLProgramme.

Improved connections

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. Plus we are untangling the track on the approaches to London Bridge station to reduce the time trains wait for platforms to clear and cut delays.

Better stations

We’ve completed work at Blackfriars and Farringdon and many other stations are more spacious, accessible and modern. Two-thirds of the huge new concourse at London Bridge station opened in August 2016. When complete, the station will be unrecognisable with a concourse bigger than the pitch at Wembley, providing the 56 million passengers who use London Bridge each year with more space, easier connections to other rail services and the Tube, as well as substantially better shops and facilities.

New trains

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.