The long running but crucial Thameslink project is now about to deliver some key outputs with the introduction of 12 car trains from the start of the winter timetable on December 11.
The Thameslink network expansion was originally called “Thameslink 2000” as it was anticipated to be ready by 2000. For various reasons, political and financial, it has been delayed by a decade but passengers are about to start seeing huge improvements to their journeys.
The platform lengthening part of the project carried out at many stations are just minor works. Platforms at the major interchange at West Hampstead have been completed at the end of October with around 90 metres been added to the existing 170m platforms.
The Thameslink Programme, which has been in progress for 15 years, will allow twelve car services between Bedford and Brighton, Luton and Wimbledon, and to various other new destinations in the South and South East.
As part of the works, a brand new ticket hall and station building, along with full disabled access (a luxury which is new to the station), and a tree lined plaza are undergoing the final stages of completion in order to have the station ready for the London Olympics.
West Hampstead remains an important interchange between First Capital Connect’s “Thameslink” service, London Overground, and the London Underground Jubilee Line. Chiltern Railways had previously proposed an interchange with walkways linking a new Chiltern station, and the three current rail networks mentioned above.