About Us

Programme context

Thameslink operates on one of the busiest and most congested parts of the rail network. Passenger journeys in London and the south east have more than doubled in the last two decades, increasing from 547 million in 1995-96 to 1.1 billion in 2016-17, leading to a capacity crunch. With growth on such a scale, something had to be done to cope with the massive increase in passenger numbers.

Building brand new Thameslink stations in London or expanding the ones we already have was not an option. We therefore needed to rebuild Victorian infrastructure whilst minimising passenger disruption, connecting people and keeping business moving.

Demand for transport into London is continuing to increase, but the number of peak time trains at terminus stations has reached its limit. Without a radical rethink of how the terminating stations and London’s rail networks operate, the limit on capacity runs a risk of being a brake on economic growth.

The Government has invested in the network through the c£7bn Thameslink Programme, to increase capacity, boost reliability, improve journeys by modernising the existing railway fabric, upgrading stations and introducing new trains and carriages.

Our Timeline

Key Output 0

Completed March 2009

Service changes introduced and the terminal platforms at Blackfriars closed to allow major work to take place.

Closure of the Farringdon to Moorgate branch line.

Farringdon station remodelled

Reopened December 2009

During 2009 Farringdon Station was remodelled to accommodate longer Thameslink trains.

Platforms were lengthened and a new roof canopy covering the north end of all four platforms was provided, together with a permanent new entrance and concourse facing Turnmill Street.

Key Output 1

Completed 2012

Key Output 1 focused on the remodelling of Farringdon and Blackfriars stations and construction of the Borough Viaduct.

All aspects of Key Output 1 were completed by mid 2012 in time for the London Olympics.

In December 2011, a timetable change introduced 10,000 extra peak period seats.

Borough Viaduct completed

Completed 2012

Borough Viaduct built over Borough Market to run alongside the existing rail bridge.

The Viaduct doubled the number of tracks heading west out of London Bridge station and increased the number of trains that can travel through the station to Charing Cross and north of London.

It entered into service on schedule in 2016.

Blackfriars station upgraded

Reopened Summer 2012

Blackfriars Station reopened as the first station to span the River Thames, with exits on the north and south sides of the river.

 

Key Output 2

2013 – 2018

Key Output 2 comprised major track, signalling and station remodelling works at London Bridge station.

It also involved the creation of a grade-separated junction is at Bermondsey and permanent line equipment being laid out in the new Canal Tunnels.

London Bridge station works begin

May 2013

First new trains brought into use

July 2016

The first new class 700 trains come into service on the Brighton to Bedford route.

This was the first of 115 trains with a total of 1,140 carriages.

London Bridge station concourse two-thirds open

August 2016

Two thirds of the new concourse at London Bridge station opens, with a new ticket office, a new customer information point and a new station control suite to serve platforms 7 – 15.

Platforms 7-9 open and platforms 1-3 close for redevelopment.

Bermondsey Dive Under brought into use

First passenger trains run through in December 2016

Work began on the Bermondsey Dive Under to “untangle the tracks” on the eastern approaches to London Bridge station in Spring 2012.

Civil works were completed in October 2016, before the first passenger train run through via the down Sussex slow line.

London Bridge concourse reopens

2 January 2018

The rest of the new London Bridge station concourse opens.

Platforms 1 – 5 are entered into service, making 15 in total.

Canal Tunnels brought into use

First trains run through in February 2018

The first trains run through the two Canal Tunnels, which link the low-level platforms at St Pancras International on the Thameslink core section with Belle Isle Junction near Finsbury Park station on the East Coast Main Line.

Thameslink Programme installed track, power, signalling and safety systems to run services through the tunnels.

UK’s first self-drive mainline train

26 March 2018

Passengers ride the UK’s first self-drive mainline train in a major milestone for the rail industry.

The 09.46 service from Peterborough to Horsham ran under automatic train operation (ATO) between St Pancras International and London Blackfriars.

London Bridge officially opens

9 May 2018

London Bridge station officially reopened by HRH The Duke of Cambridge.

Station main works are substantially complete.

New technology introduced

During 2019

Over 2,000 new handheld devices for customer facing staff introduced, free wi-fi available at 105 stations and available on most trains.

New customer information screens at stations, real-time Tube running-info on train information screens and a new Route Operations Centre at Three Bridges.

Our Awards

Year Award Scheme Category/Level

2013

Renewable Energy Awards Blackfriars Station and Bridge Redevelopment – Solar bridge
2013

Civic Trust Awards Commendation for Blackfriars
2013

Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation Blackfriars Station and Bridge Redevelopment – Highly Commended
2013

Considerate Constructor Scheme Awards Bronze Award – Blackfriars Station and Bridge Redevelopment
2013

British Construction Industry Awards (BCIA) Borough Viaduct- Best Practice
2013

Rail Partnership Awards Blackfriars Station and Bridge Redevelopment – Civil Engineering Achievement of the Year
2013

Civil Engineering Environmental Quality Assessment (CEEQUAL) Blackfriars Station and Bridge Redevelopment – Winner in Energy & Carbon
2013

RIBA London Regional Awards Blackfriars Station and Borough Viaduct
2013

New London Awards Blackfriars Station and Bridge Redevelopment – Transport and Infrastructure
2013

RoSPA Gold Award – Blackfriars Station and Bridge Redevelopment
2013

Green Apple Thameslink Programme – Key Output 2 Track & Civils
2014

Considerate Constructor Scheme Awards Silver Award – Borough Market
2014

National Rail Awards Thameslink Programme – Environmental Excellence
2014

Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Borough Viaduct
2014

RoSPA Gold Award – Borough Viaduct
2014

Network Rail Internal Awards Thameslink Programme Sustainability Award – Highly commended for Contaminated Soil Management
2014

Green Apple Farringdon Station
2014 Award Scheme Category/Level
2014 Award Scheme Category/Level
2015

Network Rail Internal Awards Thameslink Programme Sustainability Award – Winner for Social for Crossbones Gardens
2015

Network Rail Internal Awards Thameslink Programme Sustainability Award – Winner for Environment for Sustainable Reinforcement Steel
2015

Bankside Open Spaces Trust Awards Partner of the Year
2015

Bankside Open Spaces Trust Awards Mother Theresa Award presented to Mick Caldwell for Excellence in Community Relations
2015

Considerate Constructor Scheme Awards Silver Award – London Bridge Station Redevelopment
2015

RoSPA Gold Award – London Bridge Station Redevelopment
2016

The Green Council Green Apple Awards Gold Green Apple Award for Built Heritage
2016

Chartered Institute of Waste Management (CIWM) Shortlisted for the Most Sustainable Construction and Demolition project
2016

Considerate Constructor Scheme Awards Gold Award – London Bridge Station Redevelopment
2016

Noise Abatement Society Awards John Connell Silent Approach award
2017

Civil Engineering Environmental Quality Assessment (CEEQUAL) Bermondsey Dive Under Interim Design Award – Excellent at 96.3%
2017

Civil Engineering Environmental Quality Assessment (CEEQUAL)

Excellent whole team awards

Bermondsey Dive Under (96.6%)

Blackfriars Station and Bridge Redevelopment (92.4%)

Farringdon Station (90.3%)

Borough Viaduct (88.9%)

Tanners Hill (77%)

WAV Structures Project (9.4%)

2017

Considerate Constructor Scheme Awards Gold Award – London Bridge Station Redevelopment
2017

The Green Council Gold Award – International Corporate Social Responsibility
2017

Network Rail Internal Awards Thameslink Programme Sustainability Award – Winner for Social for the Prostate Cancer Awareness campaign
2017

National Rail Awards Highly commended for the Sustainable Development category – London Bridge Station Redevelopment
2017

National Rail Awards Blackfriars Station – Major Station of the Year
2017

Network Rail Internal Awards Thameslink Programme Sustainability Award – Winner for Environment for the Platform backfill (Waste management)
2017

Ground Engineering Sustainability Award Bermondsey Dive Under
2017

The Green Council Green Apple Awards Silver Award – Environmental Best Practice
2017

International Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) Awards Thameslink Programme – Community Impact – Gold
2017

International Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) Awards London Bridge Station Redevelopment – Sustainability – Gold
2017

Government Communication Service Awards Campaign of the Month – October
2017

CIRIA Biodiversity Interest Group (BIG) – Biodiversity Challenge Award Bermondsey Dive Under Project for its success in promoting biodiversity
2017

ICE London Civil Engineering Infrastructure Award Bermondsey Dive Under
2017

ICE Greatest Contribution to London award London Bridge Station Redevelopment
2018

The Green Council Green Apple Awards Silver Award – London Bridge Station Redevelopment
2018

The Green Council Green Apple Awards Bronze Award – Railway Systems
2018

International Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) Awards Gold Award – London Bridge Station Redevelopment
2018

Considerate Constructor Scheme London Bridge Station Redevelopment – Excellent rating (46/50)
2018

Institution of Railway Operators Golden Whistle Awards Excelled in the delivery of the operational railway during 2017
2018

Rail Partnership Awards London Bridge Area Partnership – Best use of technology
2018

Rail Partnership Awards London Bridge Area Partnership – Operations and Performance
2018

Rail Partnership Awards London Bridge Area Partnership – Highly commended
2018

Rail Industry Innovation Awards Passenger Experience – London Bridge Station Redevelopment
– Operations and Performance (Thameslink High Capacity Improvement Programme)
– Major Project – Thameslink Programme
2018

New London Architecture Awards Overall Winner – London Bridge Station Redevelopment
– Transport & Infrastructure
– Sustainability
2018

London Transport Awards Excellence in travel information and marketing – 2017 Closure Campaign
2018

Rail Business Awards Passenger Communications – 2017 Closure Campaign
2018

National Rail Awards Major Station of the Year – London Bridge Station
2018

Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards Civil Engineering Project of the Year
Integration and Collaborative Working
Sustainability
2018

Government Communication Service Awards Shortlisted for Campaign of the Month (February) – for December 2017 blockade
2018

The Green Council Green Apple Awards London Bridge Station Redevelopment

–          Built Environment

–          Environmental Best Practice

–          Design/Architecture

2018

Network Rail Internal GEMS Awards –          One Performance, One Plan – Thameslink Programme

–          Team of the Year – Thameslink Programme Communications Team

2018

Noise Abatement Society – ‘John Connell Award (The Noise Oscar) London Bridge Station Redevelopment – for implementing a significant range of initiatives to reduce noise
2018

National Rail Awards Class 700 Desiro City trains
2019

Civic Trust Awards Winner – London Bridge Station Redevelopment
2019

Modern Railway South East Route – Silver Whistle Award
2019

London Transport Awards Thameslink High Capacity Improvement Programme won the Excellence – Technology category
2019

London Transport Awards London Bridge Area Partnership – Team Partnership of the Year
2019

World Architecture Festival London Bridge Station Redevelopment. Winner – Transport category
2019

Rail Business Awards London Bridge Area Partnership team – Winner – Infrastructure Project Excellence award
2019 Award Scheme Category/Level
2019 Award Scheme Category/Level