Planning the pit-stop railway

Govia Thameslink Railway’s Service Delivery Director GEORGE MCINULTY talks to PHILIP SHERRATT about how the operator is preparing for the high-intensity Thameslink service

Thameslink core: unit No 700114 arrives at Farringdon on 2 September 2016 with the 10.59 Three Bridges – Bedford service. Note the new, larger passenger information screens which have been installed at all stations in the core. ANTONY GUPPY

Delivering the infrastructure enhancements required as part of the Thameslink Programme has been a massive challenge for all the partners involved. But perhaps an even greater challenge will be operating the enhanced service, which will ramp up to 24 trains per hour (tph) through the core section between Blackfriars and St Pancras at peak times by December 2019. That these trains will be arriving from destinations as disparate as Cambridge, Littlehampton, Bedford and Maidstone means the operation will have to be very slick.


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