Thameslink 2000 goes public
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Thameslink 2000 goes public
type Press release
A six month public consultation programme for Railtrack's £580 million Thameslink 2000 project was launched today.
Over the next six months over 60 local authorities in Greater London and nine counties from Norfolk to West Sussex will be consulted about the proposal to significantly increase capacity on the current Thameslink rail network.
Gil Howarth, Railtrack's Director, Major Projects said: "The project will enable more destinations to be made part of the Thameslink network and provide additional direct access north and south of London, with new journey opportunities, reduced journey times and reducing pressure on the central London underground network.
"The existing Thameslink destinations of Bedford, Brighton, Sutton and Gatwick will be complemented by routes serving Peterborough, Cambridge, King's Lynn, Ashford, Dartford, Guildford and Horsham," he said.
Electrification work, signalling and track improvements will be needed along the route and, subject to approval under the Transport and Works Act procedures, construction work is expected to start in 2000, with a completion date of 2004.
The project will allow the operation of longer trains, significant additional capacity with an increase in peak hour cross-London services from eight to 24 trains per hour.
The Channel Tunnel Rail Link Act provides for the construction of a new Thameslink Station at St Pancras built underneath the present station as part of the works to accommodate Eurostar services. This will replace the present King's Cross Thameslink station and provide greatly improved interchange facilities for Eurostar, mainline and underground services.
To enable Farringdon to handle 12 carriage trains it will be necessary to close the Thameslink branch to Moorgate. Passengers will still be able to reach Moorgate by interchanging at the improved Farringdon station.
The Office of Passenger Rail Franchising welcomed the progress of the Thameslink 2000 project. John O'Brien, Franchising Director, said: " This news is an important step in getting the planning procedures for the line under way. I look forward to Railtrack, our joint partners in this venture, taking forward the Transport and Works Act application later this year.'
Major work taking place in central London will involve:
o Blackfriars - platforms will be lengthened to accommodate 12 carriage trains and will span the river bridge. New entrances, one either side of the river, will improve access to the station for the developing Bankside area south of the river.
o London Bridge - the railway tracks across Borough market will be remodelled to allow 18 trains per hour in each direction to use the Thameslink route with the other six services going via Elephant and Castle. A new two track viaduct for Charing Cross services will be built next to the existing one and there will be a new island platform at London Bridge.
o Farringdon - the platforms at Farringdon station will be extended and a new ticket hall for Thameslink passengers will be built, fully integrated with the London Underground station. This work will however necessitate the closure of the Thameslink connection into Moorgate.
o East of London Bridge - new track works will be provided with the aim of segregating Thameslink 2000 lines from the busy routes converging from Kent and Sussex.
Railhub Archive ::: 1997-05-12 RTK-001