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New moves to ease Thameslink overcrowding


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Shadow Strategic Rail Authority

New moves to ease Thameslink overcrowding
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date
2 September 1999
source Shadow Strategic Rail Authority
type Press release



Passengers on Thameslink peak services are set to benefit from a cross industry package of measures agreed with the SSRA aimed at reducing overcrowding.

The measures, which will be introduced with the timetable change on September 26, will result in longer trains and an additional service to relieve the 07:52 from Sutton, the ‘most overcrowded’ train on the network.

The cross industry package involves LTS Rail, Connex South Central and WAGN, who have provided compatible rolling stock, and Railtrack who, in cooperation with Connex South Central, have made available an extra peak train path.

The extra capacity created on Thameslink has the full support of the London Regional Passengers Committee.

SSRA Chief Executive, Mike Grant, whose office facilitated and sanctioned the deal, said:

"This is an excellent example of the industry working together in the best interests of passengers. I am delighted that commuters on the 07:52 from Sutton Thameslink service - the most heavily overcrowded train on the network - are now going to receive some easing of the crowded conditions that regularly affect their daily service.

"Great care has been taken to ensure that there are no serious disbenefits to users of other companies’ services, and I am satisfied that we have come up with a suitably balanced package.

"It won’t mean an end to overcrowding on Thameslink. It is a start, but the long term solution lies with the completion of the Thameslink 2000 infrastructure project."

Notes to Editors:

1. The details of how the cross industry package fits together are as follows:-

On Thameslink: Additional AM peak service between Streatham and Bedford assisting the overcrowded 07:52 from Sutton. Increase from four car to eight car on a number of services resulting in an additional 3,900 seats each day (Mon-Fri).

On LTS Rail: Class 317 units released to Thameslink for capacity enhancement. Class 317s released to WAGN for use on Stansted service. These units replaced by new Class 357 units and also 312s and 310s.

To compensate LTS passengers for the marginal increase in slam door stock, all annual season ticket holders to receive a "PRISM Pass" which entitles the holder to unlimited free weekend and Bank Holiday travel on any PRISM Rail service (WAGN, LTS, Wales and West, Valley Lines). Pass holders can take an adult for £5.00 and up to four children for £1.00 each. In addition, the current ‘Job Start’ scheme which provides free return rail travel to interview candidates who have been registered unemployed for three or more months will be extended so that successful candidates will receive a free two month LTS season ticket.

On Connex South Central: Limited re-introduction of Class 421 and 423 stock on the Horsham branch to replace the Class 319s being sub leased to Thameslink.

On WAGN: Received Class 317s from LTS under the package for the enhanced Stansted service.

Railtrack: Extra peak time slot (08.15 from Streatham) created from winter timetable.

2. The Thameslink 2000 project has been designed to provide additional long term capacity on the Thameslink franchise.

3. The Class 319 dual voltage rolling stock used on Thameslink is in limited supply across the network. New stock could not be procured and built for two years. The additional rolling stock released by the other TOCs allows Thameslink more flexibility in how they plan their services, where compatible.

Press Enquiries: SSRA Press Office, Gavin Bostock, 0171 940 4387/4294

TOC Enquiries

Thameslink Martin Walter 0171 620 5006

LTS/WAGN Les Powell 0171 713 2154

Connex South Central David Ewart 0171 620 5080


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