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The Thameslink Programme is improving connections to and through London, offering passengers better travel options to more destinations.

From May 2018, as a result of the new railway infrastructure and better stations created by the Thameslink Programme, the Thameslink route is expanding.

A new timetable will be introduced – part of wider timetable changes across the south east.

The Thameslink route: May 2018 to December 2019


  • New trains and services to London from Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough making space for around 40,000 more peak time passengers, rising to 60,000 in 2019.
  • Further improvements added every six months between May 2018 and December 2019, expanding to the cross-London Thameslink network.
  • New connections from Farringdon to Gatwick, Heathrow and Luton airports plus St Pancras International from December 2018, when the Elizabeth Line opens.
  • 80 more stations added to the Thameslink route with direct trains to central London stations such as Farringdon, City Thameslink and Blackfriars.

By December 2019 there will be a Tube-like service across the centre of London at the busiest times, with trains every 2-3 minutes. It will make journeys more reliable for hundreds of thousands of passengers.

Connecting the Canal Tunnels

The improved rail connections have been made possible following the completion of work to connect the Canal Tunnels, which run between the East Coast main line near King’s Cross station and the Thameslink route at St Pancras station.

The Government-sponsored Thameslink Programme is transforming north-south travel through London. Find out more about how the Thameslink Programme is creating new railway infrastructure and stations, leading the way in adopting new digital technology and providing new trains.

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