Thameslink Programme

The government-sponsored Thameslink Programme is transforming north-south travel through London.

The 10-year programme of work is creating faster, more frequent, more reliable and better connected journeys on new, spacious trains every two to three minutes through central London at the busiest times.

When the project is completed, it will help us to meet the huge rise in demand for train travel on some of the busiest routes in the country.

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 - nine years in 90 seconds!

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%.

More stations outside London will be connected to the Thameslink route, providing better travel options to more destinations.  New trains and services to London from Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will make space for around 40,000 more peak time passengers, rising to 60,000 by 2019.

There will also be a brand new rail hub at Farringdon connecting Thameslink trains with the Elizabeth Line from December 2018 - linking three major airports (Gatwick, Heathrow and Luton) and St Pancras International.

More stations outside London will be connected to the Thameslink route, providing better travel options to more destinations.  New trains and services to London from Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will make space for around 40,000 more peak time passengers, rising to 60,000 by 2019. There will also be a brand new rail hub at Farringdon connecting Thameslink trains with the Elizabeth Line from December 2018 - linking three major airports (Gatwick, Heathrow and Luton) and St Pancras International.

The rail industry delivering in partnership

Improvements to stations, track and signalling have been 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 the new automatic train operating systems in central London and the new link to the East Coast Mainline.

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