Railway Upgrade Plan update 2017 – 2018: South East

South East

The South East route is the busiest and most congested in the country, connecting the capital and its southern suburbs with Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Europe. More than 500 million passengers travel on our route every year – that’s almost 30 per cent of all passenger rail journeys in Britain.

By the end of 2018, the completion of the Thameslink Programme will enable trains to run at tube-like frequency through the centre of London, offering more frequent and reliable journeys, a new fleet of 115 ultramodern, spacious trains and better connections for passengers across London and the south east of England – as well as a completely rebuilt London Bridge station. Passengers will also benefit from a £300m programme to improve the resilience of the railway on the most critical parts of the route serving Southern and Thameslink by the end of 2018, replacing ageing track, points and signalling and bringing our infrastructure up to the very highest standards.

By the end of 2018, the completion of the Thameslink Programme will enable trains to run at tube-like frequency through the centre of London, offering more frequent and reliable journeys, a new fleet of 115 ultramodern, spacious trains and better connections for passengers across London and the south east of England – as well as a completely rebuilt London Bridge station. Passengers will also benefit from a £300m programme to improve the resilience of the railway on the most critical parts of the route serving Southern and Thameslink by the end of 2018, replacing ageing track, points and signalling and bringing our infrastructure up to the very highest standards.