The Thameslink project has had a huge impact on passengers using Farringdon for the last few years with no weekend or late evening services due to reconstruction upgrade works.
The busy four platform station at Farringdon has been revitalised over the last few years and the benefits of the upgrade and inconvenience are about to be realised. The good news is that the first benefits are now to be introduced with the winter timetable.
The station now boasts two 12 car long main line platforms created by severing the Moorgate line and by extending towards Kings cross. A new passenger entrance has been in use for some time as has the new passenger bridges linking the London Underground and main line platforms making connections easier.
Combined with the newly completed station trainshed roof built towards Kings Cross, passengers will now be able to start benefitting from proper facilities at this Listed station built in 1863, and enjoy 12 carriage trains for the first time.
Despite the considerable progress made at Farringdon, the building will continue as the Crossrail Scheme progresses. There will be a huge interchange at Farringdon with the Crossrail entrance adjacent to the existing one and could make it London’s busiest station when the project is completed in 2018.
When the Crossrail and Thameslink projects are completed a staggering 140 trains per hour are being proposed as calling at Farringdon. These will be made up from existing Tube connections plus up to 24 trains an hour running in each direction on Thameslink and Crossrail adding up to over 140 trains an hour.