Originally let by OPRAF for a period of 7 years and 1 month, this franchise did not include any commitment to introduce new rolling stock. A future franchise to be known as ‘Thameslink 2000’ was announced by the Strategic Rail Authority on 20 June 2000.
The SRA said on 19 December 2001 that a two-year extension to the existing franchise was being considered, with the additional possibility that Great Northern services could be transferred to Thameslink (from WAGN).
A two year extension (without Great Northern) was announced by the SRA on 13 February 2004.
2 March 1997
1 April 2006
Thameslink Rail Ltd
Bedford-Luton-(London) King’s Cross Thameslink-Moorgate or >Blackfriars-East Croydon-Gatwick Airport-Brighton. Also Luton-King’s Cross Thameslink-Blackfriars-Elephant & Castle-Wimbledon/Sutton.
Thameslink TOU (British Railways Board)
was replaced by
First Capital Connect