The government sponsored Thameslink Programme is transforming north-south travel through London to meet the huge rise in demand from passengers.
We’re improving rail connections, making journeys more reliable, delivering better stations and providing new trains.
From 2018 you’ll benefit from:
Improved rail connections
More stations outside London will be connected to the Thameslink route, giving you better travel options to more destinations. There will be a brand new rail hub at Farringdon connecting Thameslink and Crossrail, offering 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
New track and modern trains will provide more reliable journeys for you. Trains will run every 2-3 minutes in each direction through central London at the busiest times. We have also untangled the track on the approaches to London Bridge station to cut delays and reduce the time trains wait for platforms to clear.
We’ve completed improvement work at Blackfriars and Farringdon while many other stations are now more spacious, accessible and modern. Your new bigger, better London Bridge station will be completed in May 2018. It will provide the 54 million passengers who use the station each year with benefits including more space, easier connections to other rail services and the underground, plus a wider range of shops and station facilities.
We’re also leading the way in introducing new digital railway technology that makes trains run more safely and reliably. Investment in self-drive trains and new traffic management systems are helping us to make more space for passengers and to run services more regularly on existing tracks.
Finally, a fleet of 115 new trains are longer, more spacious and more energy-efficient. You’ll benefit from extra luggage space, improved access if you have reduced mobility, air conditioning and better travel information.