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Transforming rail

A challenging transformation

Under the ongoing programme, passengers across the South East will have faster and more seamless journeys into and across central London The Thameslink Programme presents an exciting but challenging transformation project for the business.

There’s a reason that GTR was awarded the franchise for the busiest part of the UK’s rail network – we are agents for change, and change remains firmly on the horizon.

Thanks to the ongoing modernisation programme, passengers across the South East will have faster and more seamless journeys into and across central London. An integral part of making this vision a reality is the creation of a robust and reliable timetable and more frequent new services.

The vision for this programme will see people across our four networks interconnected like never before – this is so much more than just a timetable. This presents massive, positive change for people on a daily basis as well as more potential journey opportunities for our passengers across our routes.

So it is so important that we get this part of the Thameslink modernisation programme right. This is why we have been working tirelessly to upgrade an ageing infrastructure, modernise working practices with the introduction of technological support and apply future-proof updates that will support a new and improved network where passenger numbers in some areas have doubled in just 12 years, compared to the last 20 years across the UK.

We’ve also pooled passenger feedback every step of the way which is helping us create the reliable network which (starting from May next year) will include:

  • 80% more peak time seats between London Blackfriars and St Pancras across central London
  • 115 new spacious trains
  • A new interchange for all 140 stations with Crossrail at Farringdon
  • Faster, seamless journeys for passengers travelling to Gatwick and Luton airports

We look forward to passengers reaping the benefits and enjoying the culmination of work from interconnected, more streamlined services from next year.

But at the moment we remain in transition; much of the work in this project has already taken place, which has led to some disruption as we modernise the railway, trains and working practices. However, we are getting close to the end of the project and soon we will have a railway like never before.