THE introduction of a greatly-expanded timetable on the cross-London Thameslink on May 20, which has seen a 13% increase in the number of trains operated each day, and the retiming of most services on the wider Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) network, got off to a poor start with numerous train cancellations.
GOVIA Thameslink Railway (GTR), in cooperation with Britain’s infrastructure manager Network Rail (NR) and Siemens, is claiming a world first by running the first train in passenger service on the central-London section of Thameslink using ATO over ETCS.
BRITAIN’s National Audit Office says that the £7bn Thameslink project to upgrade routes through London has a realistic prospect of delivering value for money, but the Department for Transport (DfT) and Network Rail (NR) now face a challenge to introduce the new expanded services, as they failed to start preparation early enough.
NETWORK Rail’s £6.5bn Thameslink project to upgrade the north-south route through London has moved a step nearer completion with the installation of new track and signalling between London Bridge and Blackfriars which will allow this section to reopen in May 2018.
THE Transport Committee of Britain’s House of Commons wants the Department for Transport to “get a grip” on monitoring and enforcing the troubled Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (TSGN) franchise the performance of which is described as “woeful.”
BRITAIN's Rolling Stock Strategy Steering Group, which combines rolling stock leasing companies and the Rail Delivery Group, says the national train fleet could double in size by 2045 to meet increasing passenger demand.