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19 September 2016, 10:07 | Updated: 19 September 2016, 10:44
Govia Thameslink Railway consults on ‘biggest timetable shake-up in a generation’
Train firm Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) wants passengers’ views on the biggest timetable shake-up proposed in a generation that promises to boost capacity and expand the cross-London Thameslink network.
In 2018, services across the Thameslink, Great Northern, Southern and Gatwick Express routes will be completely recast with many new connections between communities in the south of England to stations in the heart of London and beyond, to Bedford, Peterborough and Cambridge.
There would be greater reliability on Southern inner London services, new Thameslink services via London Bridge from Kent stations such as Maidstone East, Greenwich and Dartford, and a massive increase in Thameslink trains at London Bridge. There will be 80% more peak time seats between Blackfriars and St Pancras International across central London and 19% (1,000) extra seats through longer Thameslink trains from Brighton.
Passengers can download fact sheets and see what it means for their home station at any one of these websites www.thameslinkrailway.com/2018consultation, www.southernrailway.com/2018consultation, www.gatwickexpress.com/2018consultation or www.greatnorthernrail.com/2018consultation or request paper copies by post (see editor’s notes).
The consultation runs until 8 December and GTR teams are visiting stations across the network to raise awareness and ensure as many people as possible have an opportunity to respond.
Phil Hutchinson, who is leading the timetable development and consultation for GTR, said:
“We are proposing a complete redesign of the timetable by looking at which journeys are most important to passengers. We are creating more capacity and new cross London routes with connections to Crossrail and more punctual and reliable services. Operationally, each route would be self-contained so that if a problem occurs it does not affect other routes.
“We want passengers and stakeholders to help us shape their future train service so we are consulting, we think, earlier than any train operator has before. This is a real opportunity for passengers and stakeholders get involved in an open, honest and transparent conversation about what the train service should be in the future.”
“This is about creating better connections and more capacity. It’s a once-in-a-generation opportunity to restructure the timetable to give passengers more trains and the much better reliability we all want. Ultimately this will put the Thameslink route at the heart of the UK rail network.”
On Thameslink north, from Bedford (see fact sheet):
On Kent Thameslink (see fact sheet):