It is not just Thameslink that is vital for the future of London and its economy. Network Rail is delivering a number of schemes that will improve journeys for passengers, whilst boosting employment and the construction industry. Work is underway now on projects that will help businesses thrive and keep London competitive.
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A government funded £5.5bn upgrade of infrastructure and rolling stock on one of the rail networks busiest routes, which is improving the frequency and capacity of services running north-south through the heart of the capital from Bedford to Brighton. It is one of the most important civil engineering projects in the country and a scheme that will have a massive impact on the capacity and flexibility of the rail network.
2. KINGS CROSS
At King’s Cross Network Rail is blending old with new. Preserving the past but bringing the station into the 21st Century through bold new design and the creation of a new public space the size of Leicester Square.
There are already early signs of transformation.
With improved Tube access already delivered, the station itself is taking shape. By 2013 a new King’s Cross will sit alongside its landmark neighbour, St Pancras.
Network Rail supports Crossrail as a full partner. As well as delivering all of the work outside the central tunnel and timetable modelling work it has the massive responsibility of integrating Crossrail with the railway to the east and west of London, and is delivering and financing £2.3bn of the work.
Furthermore, Network Rail will maintain the entire infrastructure apart from stations including the tunnel. Crossrail will carry 200M passengers a year when it opens.
Network Rail has ambitious plans to transform Victoria station, creating more space and offering a better range of shops and facilities for passengers. Its plans will also see improved connections for people travelling beyond Victoria by tube, coach or bus. At present, the track operator is restoring the historic Grade II listed roof of the station. It is re-glazing the 150 year-old roof to create a lighter, brighter environment for the millions of people who use Victoria every year.
5. CANNON STREET
Improvement to the station is sorely needed − it is amongst the top 10 busiest in the country, serving 95,000 City workers each day. Network Rail has secured £20M of private investment to improve facilities for passengers as part of a deal with the developer Hines to construct an eight-storey, 400,000 sq ft office building above a new railway concourse and Tube station entrance. Every private investment saves the tax payer money and helps keep fares down.