The National Audit Office has concluded that high levels of disruption for passengers mean that, to date, the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern rail franchise has “not delivered value for money”. The department for transport franchise to support the delivery of the major Thameslink upgrade programme and improve passengers’ experience of services.
The ghostly remains of a long-lost South London railway station – closed 100 years ago - have been uncovered by engineers constructing the Bermondsey Dive Under, as part of the Thameslink Programme.
A team of young apprentices began work on the £6.5billion Thameslink project this week as part of the programme’s aim to develop the UK’s next generation of engineers.
London Bridge, one of Britain’s busiest stations, is being completely rebuilt as part of the government’s multi-billion pound investment to transform rail services across London and the south east. When finished in 2018 the Thameslink Programme will enable passengers to use a bigger and brighter London Bridge station served by new spacious trains running every 2-3 minutes at peak times through central London. New robust tracks and signalling will give passengers more reliable journeys to more destinations on an expanded Thameslink network.
Medieval floors, 16th century tobacco pipes and thousand-year-old timbers are just a few of the hundreds of artefacts that have been unearthed and preserved by Network Rail as the £6.5billion Thameslink Programme to transform travel to and through London continues with the rebuild of London’s oldest railway station, London Bridge.
The first phase of the dramatic rebuild of London Bridge railway station is set to finish on schedule today when the first two new platforms will be brought into use and the next two are closed for redevelopment. London Bridge is one of Britain’s busiest stations, serving 54 million passengers a year, and is getting busier.
Manufacturer Bombardier has confirmed it will shed 1,400 jobs following a decision by the British government to award a lucrative contract to Siemens. Québec-based Bombardier said the majority of the jobs would go at a plant in Derby, north England, following the awarding of the £1.4bn Thameslink contract to the German rival.