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RailPlan20/20

Improvements to Thameslink

That's the plan

RailPlan20/20 is the transformation and modernisation of four interconnected rail networks. The Thameslink network is one of these. The benefits will be felt across the entire network, bringing you greater capacity and brand new trains on some routes. There will also be more frequent services with fewer interchanges and access to more destinations than ever before.

A completely new timetable will be rolled out over several weeks during May and June. This will allow a rolling deployment of improvements in metro and mainline services as they bed down. More specific information will be available in the coming weeks.

Improvements to Thameslink include:

From May 2018

  • Littlehampton and Horsham to London Bridge services transfer to Thameslink, with a new timetable and travel opportunities
  • Anyone travelling from London Bridge to East Croydon (and onward interchange) will see a significant uplift in services
  • Thameslink services diverted via Crystal Palace start to call again at London Bridge
  • New Thameslink services between Luton and Rainham
  • Catford Loop – doubling off-peak services to London, bringing extra capacity on this route
  • A significant increase in frequency of trains between St Albans and St Pancras
  • Some Great Northern services to Cambridge will transfer to Thameslink, simplifying journey options and providing access to new destinations

From December 2018

  • Additional services from Littlehampton to London Bridge, through London and up to Bedford
  • Additional Great Northern services to Cambridge will transfer to Thameslink
  • The interconnection with the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) presents new simplified journey options and destinations

From May 2019

  • The Sevenoaks line into London joins central London up to Welwyn Garden City with simplified services and new travel opportunities

From December 2019

  • New Thameslink services between Cambridge and Maidstone