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Railplan 20/20 Improvements

That's the plan

Improvements mean that train times will be changing.

The new, high frequency timetable takes advantage of the latest infrastructure to provide more capacity, new journey options and better connections for passengers across London and the south east.

The government sponsored Thameslink Programme is now in its final stages of delivery with the majority of the infrastructure work complete and new trains now coming into service. RailPlan20/20 will introduce new Timetables with cross-London services joining the Thameslink network between May 2018 and December 2019. In 2019 Thameslink services will offer a tube-like service of trains every 2-3 minutes through the central London Thameslink core.

Working with the industry Readiness Board, this timetable will transform journeys by providing customers with more choices, while, at the same time, enabling us to focus on reliability. Combined with the new fleet, it helps us to deliver more capacity (with the ability to carry up to 40,000 more passengers in each three-hour peak period) and makes it easier for passengers to travel across London.


View the new timetables here.

Improvements delivered in 2018

Thameslink services will provide new journey opportunities on an expanded network and better connections to airports:

  • Passengers from Cambridge and Peterborough will have direct access to Gatwick for the first time
  • Passengers from Sussex, Surrey and Kent will be able to access the Great Northern and East Coast routes

These better rail connections will ensure that London and the South East continue to generate growth and opportunities in the decades ahead.

Thameslink services will be enabled to act like an alternative Tube line delivering trains every 2-3 minutes through central London. Some passengers will save time as they will be able to travel straight through to the City and beyond without needing to change. This will also relieve crowding on the Underground, especially the Northern Line between London Bridge and St Pancras International.

Improvements being delivered from May 2018

The first phase of the new timetable will deliver 70% of the overall capacity benefits of the programme. The final elements are being introduced more gradually over three further timetable changes to reduce the risk of disruption to passenger services.

Phasing in the new timetable will:

  • help us to deliver the changes more reliably
  • allow us to review progress at each stage
  • and ensure we can make adjustments where necessary

Overall, passengers from stations across the South East will benefit from:

  • more trains
  • more seats
  • more capacity into London
  • longer trains
  • more services at the busiest times