The Thameslink Programme began in October 2007 and is on target to complete in 2018. If you are currently travelling on the Thameslink route you may have noticed the longer 12 carriage trains, new stations at Blackfriars, West Hampstead and Farringdon and at London Bridge the new bus station and station concourse by the Shard.
The first station to span the Thames offers passengers longer trains and more frequent services, easier connections to the underground and step-free access to both banks of the Thames – as well as a stunning view of London.
Passengers are already benefitting from twice the number of platforms and new track systems mean services have increased from 8 trains per hour to 12 (and up to 24 when Thameslink is complete in 2018)
The station also includes the world's largest solar bridge with over 4,400 photovoltaic panels, enough to cover 23 tennis courts. The roof provides up to 50% of the station’s energy, that’s enough to heat almost 80,000 cups of tea a day. It reduces the stations CO2 emissions by an estimated 511 tonnes per year – equivalent approximately to 89,000 (average) car journeys.
From 2018, Farringdon will become a brand new rail hub connecting Thameslink and Crossrail and providing direct links to the Eurostar and High Speed services at St Pancras International, and Gatwick, Heathrow and Luton airports.
We’ve finished work at Farringdon station to offer:
• A new ticket hall dedicated to Thameslink and future Crossrail passengers
• Extended platforms for 12 carriage trains to use
• A refurbished London Underground entrance
• A new concourse on Turnmill Street linking onto a new footbridge and the refurbished original London Underground entrance
• An extended roof to allow passengers to use the full length of the platforms
• Five new lifts to make Farringdon step-free for the first time