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The Thameslink Programme

When the Thameslink Programme completes in 2018, journeys will be improved, with new spacious trains every two to three minutes through central London at peak times.

Improved connections will give you better travel options to more destinations than ever before and modern track and trains will make your journeys more reliable.

The £6.5bn government-sponsored Thameslink Programme also includes the rebuild of London Bridge station to create more space, with great facilities, making it easier to use.

During our work, there will be a rolling programme of changes to train services between now and 2018. Please check affected train operators - First Capital Connect, Southeastern and Southern - before you travel.

There will be knock-on effects across the London network, for more information on routes and stations impacted by the significant service changes visit Transport for London.


Latest News

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  • 18 January 2014

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  • 18 October 2013

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  • 31 August 2013


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Transforming north-south travel through London

18 January 2014

The Thameslink Programme will transform north-south travel through London and help us meet the huge rise in demand from passengers. We are providing improved connections giving you better travel options to more destinations.

We are transforming one of Europe’s most congested railways and undertaking Britain’s biggest ever station redevelopment, whilst keeping them open.

By 2018, you will benefit from:

Improved connections

More stations outside London will be connected to the Thameslink route. There will be a brand new rail hub at Farringdon connecting Thameslink and Crossrail and giving you direct links to three major airports (Gatwick, Heathrow and Luton) and St Pancras International.

This will help relieve congestion in places like the central sections of the Northern Line.

More reliable journeys

Trains will run every 2-3 minutes in each direction through central London at the busiest times. New tracks and modern trains will provide more reliable journeys. 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.

Work has started on rebuilding London Bridge station. When complete the station will be unrecognisable with a concourse bigger than the pitch at Wembley providing the 54 million passengers’ journeys that use London Bridge each year with more space, easier connections to other rail services and the underground, as well as substantially better shops and facilities. 

New trains

The new, spacious 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. For more information on the new trains trains click here. 

Engineering works over Easter

21 March 2013

Engineering works over Easter

Engineering works affecting the Thameslink route are taking place between Friday 29 March to Monday 1 April 2013. Please check before you travel.

Platform changes are taking place at London Bridge station

Platform 8 & 9 will be closed between Sunday 31 March and Sunday 7 April (inclusive) whilst we remove brick work in preparation for the station redevelopment.

There will be no changes to Southern services but please check your departure platform on the customer information screens.

The footbridge between platforms won’t be accessible from platforms 8 & 9 while we work, but you can still use the footbridge from other platforms.

Access to bike racks on platform 8

Bike racks on platform 8 will not be in use while we work. If you have a bike on the racks on platform 8 and need it, please remove it before Sunday 31 March. We will not move your bike but you won’t be able to access it until Monday 8 April.

Alternative parking will be available directly outside the station on Railway Approach.(Download the PDF map to view Railway Approach).

We are sorry for the inconvenience.

We’re rebuilding London Bridge station over the next 5 years.

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The Thameslink Programme