Thameslink Programme Staging
A study into the staging of service changes and the associated construction sequencing of the London Bridge Station Redevelopment works.
Network Rail is required to plan work delivery within a regulated environment. The train and freight operators have contractual rights to operate their services and any changes to these to enable work to be delivered can be made only through negotiation and agreement.
The negotiating process is also contractual; governed by the regulatory Network Code. Network Rail must have a detailed plan constructed in advance, over which to negotiate. Having negotiated the access there is an ongoing requirement to add further work detail while still keeping the overall plan robust and stable.
The Thameslink Programme therefore needed to define its work-bank several years ahead of when it was intended to start. Large, disruptive interventions would be required to facilitate the bold infrastructure changes that were needed to improve connectivity north to south in the longer term.