From May this year, the service, which runs through Finsbury Park, will begin passing through new tunnels to St Pancras joining the cross-London line. That means quicker and more direct journeys to Farringdon, London Bridge and Blackfriars.
The trains, which will originate from Peterborough or Cambridge, head on to Brighton or Horsham via Gatwick.
This is great news for those who need to get into the city or to Gatwick Airport – with Finsbury Park just a short walk or bus ride away, I imagine a number of local commuters will make the best of this.
It’s also wonderful for those of us who like to escape the city from time to time – getting to the seaside is about to become much more convenient.
Eight new cutting-edge trains, which will tell passengers how the Tube is running and where to find seats, will run per hour between Finsbury Park and Blackfriars.
The move has involved knocking through the Canal Tunnels, which were built at the same time as the redevelopment of St Pancras Station between 2004 and 2006 with the intention that they would one day prove an important part of the Thameslink improvement programme.
Thameslink engineering director Gerry McFadden said: “We’ll be giving passengers longer trains and more services to provide vital added seats on a route that has seen a 70 per cent increase in passenger numbers in just 14 years.”
Posted 8th February 2018
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