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The Thameslink Programme’s award-winning approach to working with the community has benefited thousands of people living near to our major projects and beyond.

Alongside more than 29 contractors and suppliers, the Thameslink Programme has:

  • Created hundreds of job, apprenticeship and training opportunities for local people of all ages
  • Improved parks and open spaces so that they are more pleasant places
  • Supported local charities, artists and fundraising projects.

Putting people first

The Thameslink Programme has aimed to help local people access the engineering and transport industries. Working closely with Southwark Council and our contractors, key achievements include:

  • Recruiting and employing 91 new apprentices at London Bridge in diverse roles such as: signalling, telecoms, track maintenance, business administration, procurement and construction
  • Sharing at least 193 job opportunities with local people
  • Enabling 87 people wanting to enter our industries to complete certified construction skills courses
  • Providing at least 50 work placements to young and unemployed people
  • Enabling unemployed Southwark residents to successfully complete 15 NVQs and 88 short courses
  • Developing the skills, career ambitions and safety of students at 12 primary schools, 28 secondary schools, 4 schools for pupils with special educational needs, 5 colleges and 5 universities
  • Offering career advice to young people and job seekers at more than 40 events.

At the heart of the community

The Thameslink Programme has also benefitted local communities around our major projects in other, diverse ways:

  • Made improvements to 11 parks, open spaces and embankments so that they are more pleasant places for local people
  • Established a National Skills Academy at London Bridge station
  • Been an employer partner of University Technical College; Sir Simon Milton Westminster UTC
  • Fundraised and donated over £82,000 to charities
  • Delivered more than 215 community activities
  • Donated building materials, clothes, food, bricks, wood and timber and furniture to local artists, charities and the people they help.


Our work alongside our contractors and suppliers towards delivering social value has been externally recognised:

  • Gold award for ‘community commitment’ to recognise our established programme of community outreach at the International Corporate Social Responsibility Awards, June 2017 (Thameslink Programme)
  • Awarded ‘Greatest Contribution to London’ by the Institute of Civil Engineers, for the team behind the £1bn London Bridge station redevelopment project. Socially beneficial features identified included: improved station accessibility for a wider range of people and design that connects communities on both sides of the station (Network Rail and Costain)
  • Highly commended for ‘Sustainability’ at the National Rail Awards, for the London Bridge Station Redevelopment project, 2016
  • Bronze ‘Green Apple Award’ for the Built Environment Community Project, 2016 (Balfour Beatty)
  • Additional awards for wider sustainability work, including CEEQUAL ‘excellent’ awards (Thameslink Programme).

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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