The Thameslink Programme will increase train capacity on one of Europe's busiest stretches of railway - the Thameslink route north - south through central London.
How the programme benefits passengersBenefits
The most complex part of the programmeLondon Bridge
Big changes between now and 2018Key Dates
The fleet of high capacity, high frequency trainsNew Trains
By 2018 tens of thousands of passengers daily will benefit from:
Trains will run every 2-3 minutes in each direction through central London at the busiest times. Many of the trains will be longer with more space for passengers. We are untangling the track on the approaches to and around London Bridge station to reduce the time trains wait for platforms to clear and cut delays.
Many more stations outside London will be connected to the Thameslink route. There will be direct links to Crossrail at Farringdon, the Eurostar and High Speed services at St Pancras International as well as direct links to Gatwick and Luton Airports. This will increase travel options across London and relieve congestion in places like the central sections of the Northern Line.
We’ve completed work at Blackfriars and Farringdon and many other stations are more spacious, accessible and modern.
Work has started at London Bridge station. When complete the new concourse will be the largest in the UK and passengers will be able to access all platforms from one place.
The Thameslink Programme has already delivered benefits:
We're rebuilding the station in phases, keeping the station working while Network Rail work.
Over 50 million passengers use London Bridge station each year. By 2018 there will be more trains to more destinations and two-thirds more space for passengers.
The station redevelopment will help regenerate the wider area, building on the improvement work of the London Bridge Quarter, which funded a new bus station and station concourse next to the Shard.
London Bridge brings around 50 million passengers into the city each year. By 2018 there will be more trains to more destinations including a connection to Crossrail services at Farringdon.
Better access from Tooley Street and St Thomas Street will benefit the local community by improving connections to and between surrounding areas. Tube and bus links will be improved and there will be lifts or escalator access to every platform.
This all helps to drive the wider regeneration of the area, building on the improvement work of the London Bridge Quarter, which has already funded a new bus station and station concourse next to the Shard.
When we’re finished you’ll benefit from:
In May 2013 we closed platforms 14, 15 & 16 at London Bridge for redevelopment. We’re currently working on the platforms as well as the track and signalling several miles outside the station.
The impact on passengers has been minimal but has meant changes to walking routes for passengers, platform changes and the retiming of some Southern train services.
In June 2013 Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin confirmed Siemens Plc with Cross London Trains have been awarded a contract to build 1,140 state-of-the-art carriages for use on the Thameslink route.
Most, if not all, trains on the expanded Thameslink route will be new by the end of 2018, with the first state-of-the-art trains entering service in 2016.
They will run on both the Thameslink and Great Northern routes significantly increasing capacity. By the end of 2018, Thameslink trains will flow into and out of central London every 2-3 minutes at the busiest times; a metro-style service of up to 24 trains per hour in each direction across the capital.
These lighter, energy-efficient trains will cause less wear to the track, allowing faster acceleration, more efficient braking and greater reliability for passengers.
Many trains used on the Thameslink route will be longer with 8 or 12 carriages. As well as being longer, the trains will be far more intelligent.
Advanced technology will deliver faster, real-time updates and travel information. Design features include more space for luggage, improved access for people with reduced mobility and air conditioning.