More than £6 billion is being invested into the Thameslink programme, which will extend the rail network around the Thames and offer commuters to London a more direct route. Through improvements at Blackfriars, Farringdon and King’s Cross station, this programme will introduce longer trains that run with more frequency to reduce congestion at the railway’s busiest times.
The Thameslink programme is designed to meet the increasing demand for travel from the North and South of London into the capital for work and leisure. These improvements to the rail network and introduction of more trains will increase the capacity for passengers and provide a much more direct route in and out of the Capital.
The Thameslink programme will simplify the complicated track routes around central stations which should avoid waiting for platforms to clear and associated delays. This re-structuring of the tracks demands new signalling systems, which is why the power supply to the rail lines will be updated with the introduction of eleven new feeder stations.
The programme will create a new rail junction at Bermondsey and develop Farringdon rail station, which will offer direct access to London’s airports and St. Pancras International. This is in conjunction with the untangling of tracks to create a much more direct route between North, South and Central London.
Capacity will increase significantly as a result of the Thameslink programme because new trains are being built specifically to accommodate 1,100 more passengers than previous models. The frequency of these trains will help to reduce congestion as they’ll run every 2-3 minutes to and from London during commuting hours.
With these longer trains and more frequent services, the Thameslink network will be able to transport an extra 14,000 people during peak times, which will reduce congestion and make for more comfortable travel.
By improving the infrastructure of the stations and railway tracks, journeys will be direct and intuitive. Updated technology on the new trains will ensure they run much more efficiently which will benefit commuters and train operators.
The project has been underway since 2009 and has enabled engineers to refine their rail expertise and work on a programme. The overall work isn’t expected to be complete until 2018, so there are still plenty of opportunities for engineers in all specialisms to be a part of this national project.
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