Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Route to reality

When the original Thameslink opened in 1989 it was an instant hit. Ridership grew more than 300% in its first year of operation, almost immediately exposing infrastructure limitations. The service was formed by linking commuter lines north and south of London with a route last used before the First World War. South of Blackfriars and around London Bridge, complex crossovers with other routes make the system notoriously unreliable.

Subscribe for full online access and get...

  • Full, instant access to all stories
  • Customised email alerts straight to your inbox
  • Monthly print magazine

Register for guest access to keep reading and get..

  • A free taste of other selected news stories
  • Daily email newsletters


Already have a subscription or ICE membership? or