Transformation of rail services boosted by modernised depot at Hornsey
Rail passengers are set to see a transformation in services with the completion of an enlarged, modernised train depot in north London, which is now one of the biggest in the UK.
As part of the Railway Upgrade Plan, the centre at Hornsey in north London will house and maintain a £1bnworth of new train fleets and make possible a new, high intensity service from Great Northern stations across central London to London Bridge, Gatwick and beyond.
Built by Siemens using main contractor Volker-Fitzpatrick, Hornsey now boasts a new state-of-the-art maintenance building, large new sidings and improved servicing for additional modern trains which will all have air-conditioning, the latest passenger information systems, wheelchair accessible toilets and other features for passengers with disabilities. Hornsey will also become a centre of excellence for apprenticeship schemes run by Siemens and Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) where up to 20 apprentices will be trained in the maintenance and servicing of over six classes of trains.
This new depot is a vital element of the Thameslink Programme which is transforming north-south travel through London with up to 24 trains per hour in each direction between Blackfriars and St Pancras International. This will increase capacity and improve connectivity to help meet the demands of rising passenger numbers on one of Europe’s busiest stretches of railway.