Innovation Programme

Thameslink Programme has broken new ground in the UK construction industry, winning awards for many of its innovations. Thameslink Programme aims to leave a legacy that inspires and motivates innovation in future infrastructure projects. This learning legacy theme will capture best practice and learning for Interface Management, Signalling & Power, Track, Staging Strategy and many more.


Case Studies

Concourse & Bridge Decks Prefabrication: London Bridge Station

London Bridge station's innovative use of prefabrication saw it win a Structural Steel Award Prize for 2018. This case study looks at the prefabrication of the station bridge decks, installation of the decks and canopies plus the related challenges and achievements.

Low Level 09 Signal Sighting Model

How survey data, 3D track data and 3D signals were used to provide a comprehensive data set for signal sighting.

Innovation: Railway Systems staging

How staging was key to Network Rail’s most complex ever mainline major re-signalling project, of all lines east and west of London Bridge station.

Vierendeel Truss Installation: London Bridge station

Reviewing the key challenges, programme of works, methodology and logistics associated with installation of the Vierendeel truss at London Bridge station.

Passenger Communications: London Bridge station hoardings

How installation of Network Rail’s largest ever hoarding, alongside a customer-driven approach to communications, led to high levels of passenger awareness during the redevelopment of London Bridge station.

Project Systems: London Bridge Station

How using an integrated project delivery platform can provide a single source of truth, to aid project delivery and increase efficiency

Wayfinding: London Bridge Station

This case study, from design and wayfinding contractor Maynard Design, explains how wayfinding solutions were adapted to keep passengers moving around the station as routes changed on a regular basis during the project’s construction phases.

Sub-Contractor Technical Interface Review (STIR): London Bridge Station

A three-stage process to ensure physical interfaces were allocated, coordinated and completed correctly first time on site by subcontractors during the London Bridge Station Redevelopment project.

Cable Management Sleepers

Developing a new design of cable manager sleeper, reducing the need for under track crossings, led to a significant cost saving for Thameslink Programme.

Building Information Modelling (BIM)

How Thameslink Programme implemented BIM from 2016 onwards, including the adoption of a common data environment and managing 3D data capture and presentation

ETCS Testing – Thameslink Core Area

ETCS testing took place during mid-week nights through the Thameslink Core Area, while adjacent lines were open to service traffic, in preparation for ATO to be enabled.

Thameslink High Capacity Infrastructure Programme

The High Capacity Improvement project has provided the European Train Control System and enhanced signalling control systems needed to support automatic train operation and timetable management. These systems are crucial to the programme being able to reliably increase train frequency from 16 to 24 tph in each direction through the core Thameslink area from Blackfriars to St Pancras.

Permeation Grouting: London Bridge station

Overcoming a significant geothermal engineering challenge through the use of permeation grouting on the ground surrounding a 200-year-old masonry arch.

Design & Execution Strategy: London Bridge Station

Reviewing the design and execution strategy including: Concourse & Bridges, Canopies & Platforms, Facades, Quadripartite Arcade and Arches.

Delivery & Execution Strategy: Key Output 2

How collaboration and incentivisation were crucial to successful delivery of Key Output 2, including the re-signalling, track remodelling and construction of London Bridge station, construction of the Bermondsey Dive Under to the east and Borough Viaduct to the west.

Acoustic Wall: London Bridge Station

Installation of an acoustic wall during the later stages of construction enabled 24/7 works to continue in a noise-sensitive location.

Mock Up: London Bridge Station

James Elford, London Bridge Project Director, Costain discusses the benefits of using scale or full size models to demonstrate the design, aesthetics and materials used on elements of the project.

Self Delivery: London Bridge Station

Self-Delivery has enabled Costain to develop a model which enables a systematic and consistent approach in the deployment of resources, materials and controls on major projects. In this case study, James Elford, London Bridge Project Director, talks about the success of self-delivery during the station redevelopment project.

Windpost and Concrete Lintels: London Bridge Station

The internal blockwork walls of the station are subjected to lateral air pressures which require the installation of structural windposts to provide restraint and stability. Here’s how a simple but innovative solution called the Wi System saved time and money for the brick and blockwork installations at London Bridge station.