Thameslink project on the right track
It does seem to bob along below the headlines - there is probably a little Thameslink fatigue because it has been in gestation so long.
So here's a little footage on the ongoing Thameslink project which seems to be going to plan so far.
The footage is of the work extending two platforms at Elstree & Borehamwood station by 70m each. It was completed in a single weekend, a record time.
It's all part of the £6bn investment in the Thameslink route.
Expect longer trains by December and new trains by 2018.
The Network Rail Press Release says:
Platforms at stations along the Thameslink route are being extended by a combined 4km - longer than the runway at Luton airport. Network Rail has already completed over 70% of this work, ready for the introduction of 50% longer trains in December 2011 and the introduction of a new trains in 2018.
Longer trains formed of additional existing carriages will begin calling at stations between Bedford and St Albans from December this year, which is expected to reduce the number of people on board services for Elstree & Borehamwood. The first longer 12-carriage trains are expected to start calling at the station in December 2018 once a fleet of new trains has been built and delivered into service.
David Statham, projects director for First Capital Connect which operates Thameslink route services, said:
"This December we'll use additional existing carriages to introduce our first handful of 50% longer 12-carriage trains.
"These will be targeted to relieve the busiest services that run fast between Bedford and Brighton, providing, in turn, some relief to those services calling at Elstree & Borehamwood.
"From December 2018 a brand new fleet of trains will be fully online, allowing 12-carriage trains to call at Elstree & Borehamwood for the first time, providing still further relief for congested services."
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