The Info List - Thameslink

is a 68-station main-line route in the British railway system running 225 km (140 mi)[citation needed] north to south through the centre of London from Bedford in the north to Brighton in the south. The network serves both Luton Airport
Luton Airport
in the north and Gatwick Airport
Gatwick Airport
in the south. There are suburban loops off the main backbone of the network serving Sutton, Mitcham and Wimbledon. Also London Bridge
London Bridge
to Horsham
via Crawley. London Bridge
London Bridge
to Littlehampton
is served at peak times and a suburban line via Catford and Bromley South to Sevenoaks. The network opened as a through service in 1988, with severe overcrowding by 1998, carrying more than 28,000 passengers in the morning peak. Almost all the services are currently operated by Thameslink. The Thameslink Programme
Thameslink Programme
is a major £5.5 billion scheme to extend the service to a further 100 stations and to greatly increase capacity on the central London section to accommodate more frequent and longer trains, scheduled for completion in 2019. In 2016, new Class 700 trains started operating on the route and have now replaced the Class 319, Class 377 and Class 387 trains which were withdrawn and transferred elsewhere.


1 Route 2 Services 3 History 4 Thameslink
Programme 5 Rolling stock

5.1 Fleet

6 2014 franchise 7 Thameslink
2 8 See also 9 Notes 10 References 11 Further reading 12 External links

Route[edit] Much of the route is over the Brighton Main Line
Brighton Main Line
(via London Bridge) and the southern part of the Midland Main Line. There is also a suburban loop through Sutton and Wimbledon, sections to Horsham
on the Arun Valley line
Arun Valley line
and Littlehampton
via the West Coastway Line
West Coastway Line
and a branch over the Catford Loop Line
Catford Loop Line
to Sevenoaks. The route through central London is via St Pancras International
St Pancras International
for connections to Eurostar
and the East Midlands; Farringdon, for London Underground Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines, and Crossrail
from 2018; City Thameslink, which replaced the demolished Holborn Viaduct station and has a southern entrance serving Ludgate Circus; Blackfriars, for main-line rail services and the Underground District and Circle lines; and London Bridge
London Bridge
for main-line links into Kent and Sussex and the Underground Northern and Jubilee lines. King's Cross Thameslink
on Pentonville Road
Pentonville Road
closed on 8 December 2007. Trains operating the "main line" service (Bedford to Brighton) include first-class accommodation; those operating from Luton and St Albans to Sutton and Wimbledon are usually standard class only.[1] When Govia operated the original Thameslink
franchise these services were designated " Thameslink
CityFlier" and " Thameslink
CityMetro" respectively, but First Capital Connect
First Capital Connect
dropped this branding. Govia Thameslink
Railway now refers to these services as Route TL1 (formerly Route 6) and Route TL2/TL3 (formerly Route 7/8) respectively. Services[edit]


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Current and future


East Coast Main Line

to Edinburgh and Leeds


Peterborough Line

Fen line
Fen line
to King's Lynn




Ely–Peterborough line

West Anglia Main Line

to London Liverpool Street

Nene Valley

Heritage Railway

M11 motorway


A10 trunk road

St Neots





A1(M) motorway


Letchworth Garden City


Services to Peterborough

and Cambridge

operating from 2018



Midland Main Line

to Sheffield

Hertford Loop Line



Welwyn North Tunnel

Marston Vale line

to Bletchley

Welwyn South Tunnel


Welwyn North

Ampthill Tunnel

715 yd (654 m)

Welwyn Garden City




Welham Green


Brookmans Park


Potters Bar

Luton Airport
Luton Airport

Potters Bar Tunnel

under M25 motorway


Hadley Wood North Tunnel

St Albans City

Hadley Wood

M25 motorway

Hadley Wood South Tunnel


New Barnet

Elstree & Borehamwood

Oakleigh Park

Elstree Tunnel

1,072 yd (980 m)

Barnet Tunnel

M1 motorway

New Southgate

Mill Hill Broadway

Wood Green Tunnel


Hertford Loop Line

Brent Cross West

Dudding Hill Freight Line

Alexandra Palace



West Hampstead


Belsize Tunnel

1,771 yd (1,619 m)

Gospel Oak to Barking line

Lismore Circus Tunnel

88 yd (80 m)


Gospel Oak to

Barking line

Finsbury Park

Kentish Town

Northern City Line

to Moorgate

Camden Road Tunnel

308 yd (282 m)

Copenhagen Tunnel

North London line

North London line

High Speed 1

to Paris
and Brussels

Midland Main Line

East Coast Main Line

Regent's Canal

Gasworks Tunnel

Kings Cross Tunnel

1,704 yd (1,558 m)

Canal Tunnels

London St Pancras

London King's Cross

King's Cross Thameslink


Clerkenwell Tunnels

Nos 1, 2 & 3



Link lifted

Snow Hill Tunnel

770 yd (700 m)

Smithfield Tunnel

292 yd (267 m)

City Thameslink


Barbican Tunnel

690 yd (630 m)

Holborn Viaduct


London Blackfriars

River Thames

Blackfriars Railway Bridge

Elephant & Castle

London Bridge
London Bridge

Loughborough Junction

Denmark Hill

Herne Hill

Peckham Rye

Tulse Hill


Crofton Park

Crystal Palace line

limited service


Leigham Tunnel

302 yd (276 m)


Streatham Tunnel

220 yd (200 m)

Beckenham Hill



limited service



Mitcham Eastfields

Haydons Road

Mitcham Junction



Wimbledon Chase


South Merton


Morden South

West Sutton

St Helier

Sutton Common

East Croydon

Merstham tunnel 1,830 yd (1,670 m)

& Quarry tunnel 2,113 yd (1,932 m)

Bromley South


M25 motorway

St Mary Cray



Gatwick Airport

Chatham main line

to Rochester

Three Bridges

M25 motorway

Balcombe tunnel

1,168 yd (1,068 m)

Eynsford Tunnel

828 yd (757 m)



Haywards Heath


Haywards Heath Tunnel

249 yd (228 m)



Maidstone line

to Ashford International

Burgess Hill

Bat & Ball



Clayton Tunnel

2,259 yd (2,066 m)

South Eastern main line

to Dover

Patcham Tunnel

488 yd (446 m)

Preston Park


The majority of fast trains run between Brighton and Bedford via London Bridge. Suburban Loop trains start at either Wimbledon or Sutton and call at all stations to Luton. Suburban trains from Sevenoaks
call at all stations via Swanley and Bromley South, Catford and Peckham Rye, terminating at West Hampstead on weekdays, Blackfriars at weekends. Additional services to/from Bedford or Luton or St Albans start or terminate at St Pancras. There are also peak-only jointly operated Thameslink/Southeastern services between Rochester, Ashford International
Ashford International
or Bearsted and Bedford. A 24/6 (there is no service overnight between Sunday and Monday) service operates between Bedford and Three Bridges
Three Bridges
serving Luton Airport Parkway and Gatwick Airport.[2] In trains per hour:

Bedford↔Brighton – 4, all stations to St Albans, then West Hampstead Thameslink
(2tph), St Pancras International, Farringdon, City Thameslink, London Blackfriars, London Bridge, East Croydon, Gatwick Airport, Three Bridges, Balcombe (1), Haywards Heath, Wivlesfield (2), Burgess Hill, Hassocks (3), Preston Park (2). St Albans↔Sutton (via Mitcham) – 2, all stations clockwise round loop, then via Wimbledon to Luton Luton↔Sutton (via Wimbledon) – 2, all stations anti-clockwise round loop, then via Mitcham Junction to St Albans West Hampstead Thameslink↔ Sevenoaks
– 2, all stations via Catford and Bromley South, weekdays only

Peak services:

Bedford↔Orpington/Beckenham Junction (via Penge East and Herne Hill) (semi-fast), all stations then St Pancras International, West Hampstead Thameslink, St Albans, then all stations to Bedford Bedford↔Rochester (fast) Bedford↔ Ashford International
Ashford International


Bedford↔ Three Bridges
Three Bridges
– 2, all stations then St Pancras International, London Blackfriars, East Croydon and Gatwick Airport

History[edit] Passenger services operated across London through the Snow Hill Tunnel from mid-Victorian times until World War I, when services terminated at Moorgate from the Midland line to the north, and at Holborn Viaduct from the south, at a time when most inner cross-London traffic had been lost to buses and trams. There were low-level platforms under the main part of Holborn Viaduct station known as the Snow Hill platforms: these can still be seen when leaving City Thameslink
station travelling northwards. On 14 June 1941 railwayman George Dow proposed in an article in the London evening newspaper The Star that new routes, in tunnel, be built from Marylebone south to Victoria, and from King's Cross south to Charing Cross. Both were to connect with a Paddington–Liverpool Street tunnel that he proposed, anticipating Crossrail
by 40 years. He also proposed a north-east/south- west route from Liverpool Street to Charing Cross, all designed to give London a comprehensive main-line network of connections.[3] The Snow Hill Tunnel route remained open for cross-London freight trains until 1970, when the short section between Farringdon and Holborn Viaduct was closed. Overhead electrification, completed in 1982, allowed the northern section to run as the Midland City Line from Bedford via the Midland Main Line to St Pancras, and via the City Widened Lines
Widened Lines
to Moorgate.[4] The Snow Hill tunnel was re-opened by British Rail
British Rail
to passenger trains after 72 years, with Thameslink
beginning in May 1988.[5] On 29 January 1990 the section between Blackfriars and Farringdon was temporarily closed to permit the construction of a new alignment. The route through the site of the long-closed Ludgate Hill station, over Ludgate Hill to Holborn Viaduct was abandoned and demolished. The replacement route under Ludgate Hill was opened on 29 May 1990 by the Network SouthEast
Network SouthEast
(sector of British Rail) concurrently with City Thameslink
station, which was initially called St Paul's Thameslink but was renamed in 1991 to avoid confusion with St. Paul's station
St. Paul's station
on the Underground (Central line), about 500 m (550 yd) away. King's Cross Thameslink
on Pentonville Road
Pentonville Road
closed on 8 December 2007 when the Thameslink
platforms at nearby St Pancras opened. In the south the services divide: main-line trains run through London Bridge to East Croydon and Brighton, but the other route has a more convoluted history. In 1988–91 trains went via Bromley to Orpington and Sevenoaks, and via Herne Hill and East Croydon to Purley (off peak only). Later, non-Brighton trains ran via Elephant & Castle and Streatham to West Croydon, Carshalton Beeches, Sutton, Epsom, Leatherhead and Effingham Junction, to Guildford. On the privatisation of British Rail, Thameslink
was franchised to Thameslink, a subsidiary of Govia. Around 1994 the second branch was cut back to West Croydon as this route crossed the commuter networks of what were to become several different rail companies, and rail privatisation made the route increasingly difficult to maintain. Around 1995 the route was changed completely, with a route to Sutton via Mitcham Junction continuing on a loop to Wimbledon rejoining itself south of Streatham replacing the West Croydon service. By late 1998, more than 28,000 passengers were carried at morning peak times.[6] From 1 April 2006 the franchise was taken over by First Capital Connect along with some services previously operated by WAGN.[7] The branding of most trains, stations, and signs was changed to match the name of the new company, but City Thameslink
and West Hampstead Thameslink
were not renamed as Thameslink
referred to the route.[8] After criticism of the loss of the apt name for this group of routes,[9] First Capital Connect's publicity began calling this set of services its " Thameslink
route" to distinguish it from the former WAGN services. On 14 September 2014, Govia
Railway took over operations from First Capital Connect
First Capital Connect
with routes now branded as Thameslink
and Great Northern.[10] Thameslink
Programme[edit] Main article: Thameslink

St Pancras International
St Pancras International
platforms opened in 2007

Blackfriars new cross-river platforms

Following the success of the original scheme, plans were drawn up to upgrade the network to cope with the increasing passenger numbers that have led to severe peak-time overcrowding.[11] Network Rail
Network Rail
obtained planning permission and legal powers in 2006,[12] funding was secured in July 2007[13] and construction began in October 2007.[14] Plans included rebuilding the station buildings at Farringdon (in conjunction with the Crossrail
project) and West Hampstead Thameslink, total rebuild of London Bridge
London Bridge
and Blackfriars stations, two new underground platforms at St Pancras International, a new tunnel north of St Pancras International
St Pancras International
to the East Coast Main Line
East Coast Main Line
to allow through services to Peterborough and Cambridge
in 2017, and platform lengthening, now being completed. A new 8 and 12 carriage fleet of Class 700 trains began entering service in 2016. The London and South East Route Utilisation Strategy published in July 2011 lays out a provisional 24tph timetable. South of London it would provide four trains to Brighton (one semi-fast, one stopping) and two each to Three Bridges, Horsham, East Grinstead, Caterham, Tattenham Corner, Tunbridge Wells, Ashford International, Maidstone East, Sevenoaks
and Bellingham. North of London there would be eight semi-fast trains to Bedford, four stopping trains to St Albans, two stopping and two semi-fast trains to Luton, two semi-fast trains to Peterborough, two semi-fast trains to Cambridge
and four stopping trains to Welwyn Garden City.[15] Below is a provisional timetable for Thameslink
once the upgrade is complete.


No. Northern terminus Central London Southern terminus Length Times (core)

1 Bedford semi-fast via London Bridge Brighton fast 12-car All day


3 Bedford semi-fast via London Bridge Gatwick Airport
Gatwick Airport
(via Redhill) semi-fast 12-car All day


5 Peterborough semi-fast via London Bridge Horsham
(via Redhill) semi-fast 12-car All day


7 Cambridge semi-fast via London Bridge Brighton fast 12-car All day[a]


9 Cambridge stopping via London Bridge Maidstone East[b] semi-fast 8-car All day[c]


11 Bedford fast via London Bridge East Grinstead stopping 12-car Peak only


13 Bedford fast via London Bridge Littlehampton
(via Hove) fast 12-car Peak only



No. Northern terminus Central London Southern terminus Length Times

15 Luton all stations[d] via London Bridge Rainham (via Greenwich) all stations[e] 12-car All day


17 St Albans City all stations via Elephant & Castle Sutton (via Hackbridge) all stations 8-car All day


19 St Albans City all stations via Elephant & Castle Sutton (via Wimbledon) all stations 8-car All day


21 Luton (peak only) Kentish Town (off-peak) all stations via Elephant & Castle Orpington (via Catford) all stations 8-car All day[f]


23 Welwyn Garden City stopping via Elephant & Castle Sevenoaks
(via Catford and Otford) all stations 8-car Peak only[g]


Rolling stock[edit]

The new class 700 trains will replace all of the existing fleet by 2018

Interior of the new Thameslink
Class 700 trains

86 Class 319s have worked the Thameslink
route since its opening in 1987

Main articles: Thameslink and Great Northern
Thameslink and Great Northern
§ Thameslink, and British Rail
British Rail
Class 319 See also: British Rail
British Rail
Class 700 Rolling stock used on Thameslink
included the 86 Class 319 trains built between 1987–1988 and 1990. These are electrically powered dual-voltage four-car units rated to carry 289, 308 or 319 passengers. They use 25 kV AC
25 kV AC
overhead power north of Farringdon and 750 V DC third rail to the south. Four Class 319 trains had been transferred from Southern in December 2008 and the last four followed in March 2009, from which point they were all on Thameslink. The last was withdrawn in August 2017.[16] First Capital Connect
First Capital Connect
acquired 23 four-coach Class 377 sets during 2009 on sublease from Southern, for the Thameslink
route for additional capacity and to allow some of the Class 319 trains to be released for the Catford Loop service to Sevenoaks, now jointly operated with Southeastern under Key Output 0 of the Thameslink Programme.[17] Class 317 units built in the early 1980s were still in use when services into Moorgate ceased in March 2009: the last timetabled service ran from Farringdon to Bedford on 9 October 2009. New energy-efficient Class 700 trains will provide an additional 14,500 seats[clarification needed] and will be delivered from 2015 to 2018.[18] Siemens Mobility was named preferred bidder on 16 June 2011, with the Desiro City
Desiro City
train family.[19] The contract was signed in June 2013[20] for 1140 carriages, with 55 twelve-car and 60 eight-car trains. The depots are at Hornsey
and Three Bridges.[19] The Three Bridges depot opened in October 2015 and the first trains entered service in spring 2016. Due to delays in the new Class 700 fleet, the DfT and Southern ordered 116 electric dual-voltage 110-mile-per-hour (180 km/h) carriages (29 trains) with the option for another 140 carriages (35 trains).[21][22] The tender for the new Class 387 trains was won by Bombardier and the first set entered service in December 2014, with all in service by May 2015. These trains will move to Great Northern once the Class 700 is fully delivered.[23] All rolling stock used on Thameslink
is electrically powered dual-voltage units using 25 kV AC overhead power north of Farringdon and 750 V DC third rail to the south.[1] Fleet[edit]

Class Image Type Top speed Number Routes operated Built

mph km/h

Class 700 Desiro City

EMU 100 160 115 Thameslink Brighton / Three Bridges
Three Bridges
↔ Bedford; Brighton ↔ London Bridge; Brighton ↔ Cambridge; Horsham
↔ Peterborough; Sutton ↔ Luton; Sevenoaks
↔ West Hampstead Thameslink


2014 franchise[edit] The invitation to tender for the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise was expected to be issued in October 2012, with the contract commencing in September 2013. On 29 March 2012, the Department for Transport
Department for Transport
announced Abellio, FirstGroup, Govia, MTR Corporation and Stagecoach Group
Stagecoach Group
had pre-qualified to bid for the franchise.[24] Due to problems with the InterCity West Coast
InterCity West Coast
tendering process, the process was delayed, with the new franchise delayed until September 2014. The new franchise includes the South Central franchise currently operated by Southern and certain routes from the Integrated Kent Franchise currently operated by Southeastern.[25] On 23 May 2014, it was announced that the franchise has been awarded to Govia
Railway.[26] The new Thameslink
Southern & Great Northern franchise[10] will include both the Thameslink
Great Northern and South Central franchises. Govia
Railway began operations on 14 September 2014, with the former First Capital Connect
First Capital Connect
routes branded as Thameslink
and Great Northern. Thameslink
2[edit] ‘Railfuture’, an organisation campaigning for better rail services for passengers and freight, has proposed an additional north-south route, connecting the Brighton Main Line
Brighton Main Line
to routes north of London, via East Croydon, Lewisham, Canary Wharf, and Stratford.[27] See also[edit]

– an East-West route through London under construction West London Line
West London Line
– the North West-South route across London Réseau Express Régional
Réseau Express Régional
– the similar cross city rail network in Paris Cross-City Line – a similar North-South route across Birmingham Rail transport in Great Britain


^ Hourly on Sundays. ^ Some limited and irregular peak-time extensions to Ashford International. ^ On Sundays, service will run hourly between Cambridge
and Kings Cross only; it will not run through the core section or on to Maidstone. ^ Except for Kentish Town, Cricklewood and Hendon. ^ Except for Woolwich Dockyard, Belvedere and Erith. ^ No service on Sundays. ^ An all-day service will operate between London Blackfriars and Sevenoaks
only, with no service through the core outside of peak hours.


^ "Train times: Thameslink
Route" (PDF). First Capital Connect. December 2011. pp. 95, 98.  ^ First Capital Connect: Timetables Retrieved 4 March 2014 ^ Telling the Passenger Where to Get Off, Andrew Dow, 2009, pages 52–55. ^ This service was colloquially known as the Bedpan
Line from the contracted names of the terminal stations, as had happened with the Bakerloo line. In general limited-stop trains served St Pancras, and all-stations trains Moorgate. ^ "Station Name: Snow Hill/Holborn Viaduct Low Level". Disused Stations News. Subterranea Britannica. 8 December 2007. Retrieved 17 June 2008.  ^ "Sustained Passenger Growth in London" (Press release). Strategic Rail Authority. 29 March 1999. Retrieved 17 June 2008.  ^ "Department of Transport announces winner of Thameslink/GN franchise" (Press release). Central Office of Information
Central Office of Information
News Distribution Service. 13 December 2005. Retrieved 17 June 2008.  ^ King's Cross Thameslink
kept the Thameslink
suffix until it closed on 8 December 2007. ^ "Letter from TfL to FCC".  ^ a b "New rail franchising deal set to transform passenger services across London and south east" (Press release). Department for Transport. 23 May 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2015.  ^ Network Rail. " Thameslink
Programme". Retrieved 18 October 2006.  ^ "The £3.5bn Thameslink
Project clears major hurdle" (Press release). Network Rail. 18 October 2006. Archived from the original on 4 March 2007. Retrieved 16 June 2011.  ^ Coward, Andy (15 August 2007). "Cross-river rail to boost Capital". Rail. Peterborough (572): 40–43.  ^ "Work begins on Thameslink
project". BBC News. 24 October 2007. Retrieved 24 October 2007.  ^ London and South East Route Utilisation Strategy page 72 ^ Thameslink
replaces last of 30 year old Class 319 fleet Rail Technology Magazine 1 September 2017 ^ The Class 377 units also operate the peak-hour Bedford to Ashford/Medway towns services as 8-car trains. The first class 377/5 trains started running on 24 March 2009. "Do we really have to wait until 2012 and 2015 for some relief to the overcrowding?". First Capital Connect. 20 October 2008. Retrieved 28 October 2008.  ^ " Thameslink
gets 14,500 more seats". BBC News. 9 April 2008. Retrieved 1 June 2008. The deal, announced by Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly, will mean the current 720-carriage Thameslink
fleet increasing by 380 carriages. A contract for the new carriages is expected to be awarded in summer 2009, with the first train in service by 2012.  ^ a b "Siemens beats Bombardier to Thameslink
train order". Railway Gazette International. London. 16 June 2011.  ^ "Siemens Thameslink
deal to create up to 2,000 new jobs". Department for Transport. 27 June 2013.  ^ "Boost to train builders". Department for Transport. 21 December 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2014.  ^ Procurement of New Rolling Stock – (press release) The potential competition for 116 electric (dual voltage) new rolling stock vehicles, with an option for a further 100 vehicles, would be openly tendered via the rail Link-Up system. The new rolling stock will be of dual voltage configuration and is required to operate up to 110 mph. Any rolling stock manufacturer registered on the rail Link-Up system would be able to compete for this opportunity. ^ "Trio of GTR Class 387/1s readied for move to Great Northern duties". PressReader. Retrieved 4 August 2016.  ^ "UK franchise pre-qualified bidders announced". Railway Gazette International. London. 29 March 2012.  ^ Thameslink
Southern & Great Northern Invitation to Tender. Department for Transport. 26 September 2013. ^ " Govia
wins Thameslink
rail franchise". BBC News. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2014.  ^ "Railfuture – Thameslink

Further reading[edit]

Freitag, Leslie (August 1988). " Thameslink
underway". RAIL. No. 83. EMAP National Publications. p. 11. ISSN 0953-4563. OCLC 49953699. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Thameslink.

Official Thameslink Programme
Thameslink Programme
website Thameslink Programme
Thameslink Programme
– Network Rail Thameslink
2000 Public Inquiry 2005 – official website for the second public inquiry Strategic Rail Authority
Strategic Rail Authority
Strategic Plan, 30 January 2003, page 101 and route descriptions page 27. alwaystouchout.com – information and news on the Thameslink Programme Brent Cross Thameslink
station – Planning application for new Thameslink
station at Brent Cross.

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Aylesbury Line Bexleyheath line Caterham line Dartford Loop Line Epsom Downs Branch Hampton Court branch line Hertford Loop Line Lea Valley lines North Kent Line Oxted line Shepperton branch line Staines–Windsor line Sutton and Mole Valley lines Tattenham Corner line Watford DC line


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