|Thameslink Programme - there are 9 reports for this project: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
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|2014 (data is from September 2013)
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|The £6.5bn Thameslink programme will deliver faster and more reliable journeys for people and businesses and improve accessibility to, from and through the heart of London.
In particular, it will reduce crowding on current Thameslink and other commuter services; provide for the introduction of new cross-London services; reduce the need for interchange between main-line and London Underground services and hence reduce overcrowding on the London Underground; and improve the reliability of train services operating through the core route section between London Bridge/Elephant and Castle and St Pancras. Thameslink will also offer interchange with Crossrail services at Farringdon once both services have been introduced.
When complete Thameslink will link Sussex, Kent and Surrey with Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire via 24 trains an hour in each direction through central London at peak times.
The Thameslink Programme is comprised of three main elements: changes to Network Rails infrastructure, including extending of station platforms and significant redevelopment of Farringdon, Blackfriars and London Bridge Stations; procurement of new Depots and Class 700 trains with automatic train operation and new signalling through the core; and the setting up of franchise arrangements (under the new Thameslink Southern Great Northern TSGN - franchise) for running the passenger service on a new combined Franchise network that will become the biggest franchise in the UK.
|Delivery of key elements of the programme, particularly London Bridge station, trains and depots and the TSGN franchise remain key areas of focus.The Department monitors the progress to delivery and budget on all elements of the Thameslink Programme on a regular basis through various regular meetings with our key delivery partners. Where issues of concern arise, we escalate these to the appropriate level for consideration and resolution. An industry governance structure is in place to consider such issues.
|The Thameslink programme is on schedule
|No significant variances from forecast
|Whole Life Cost
|The whole life cost represents spend during the construction period. Previous reports included lease payments for rolling stock which have now been excluded as the project is expected to be cash positive during its operational period.
Acknowledgement: GMPP data has been re-used under the Open Government Licence.