New Civil Engineer magazine pays tribute to the Thameslink Programme

Thameslink Programme supplement to the NCE

​New Civil Engineer magazine has produced a free supplement that talks about the achievements and benefits of the Thameslink Programme and promotes the launch of the Thameslink Programme Learning Legacy website, as part of the Programme’s commitment to knowledge sharing.

Writing in the foreword, the magazine’s Editor, Mark Hansford, explains that the Programme is not only a boon for rail passengers in the South East but also an opportunity for the infrastructure industry as a whole to learn lessons on how to carry out complex projects.

Complex projects

And over the 10 years of the Programme, the projects certainly weren’t easy options! From re-developing London Bridge station – while it was still open – over five years, to constructing enormously complicated infrastructure, such as the Borough Viaduct and Bermondsey Dive Under, the Programme undertook a number of ‘how did they do that?’ award-winning projects.

The magazine breaks the Programme’s achievements down into four categories – passenger benefits, train operators, rail industry benefits and community.

Benefits for passengers, the rail industry and the local community

As the supplement points out, with the total rebuild of Blackfriars station – the only station to span the Thames, major work at Farringdon and a new train fleet (amongst many other achievements), the Thameslink Programme is ‘resulting in a service to customers that is hugely better than before’.

Meanwhile, the improvements that have been undertaken have also resulted in benefits for route operation and maintenance, along with the introduction of new technologies and methodologies that will ultimately benefit the whole rail industry. Sustainability was high on the agenda too, so the local community has benefitted from environmental improvements and the Programme’s involvement with the community, including schools and local businesses, meant that stations and their people became a part of them, not just a self-contained destination.

Leaving a legacy

However, the benefits brought about by the Programme are not only for the passengers of today but also the engineers of tomorrow. As Mark Hansford comments, complex projects never go completely according to plan and it is learning those lessons and passing them on that matters.

To that end, the Programme has launched a Learning Legacy website section which is a free-to-access resource that includes case studies, technical papers and interviews. Click the image below to read the free supplement.