Transport Secretary Philip Hammond made a statement to the House today confirming that the Thameslink programme will be delivered in its entirety including the redevelopment of London Bridge station and the unravelling of the complex track layout around the station, unblocking one of our worst bottlenecks on the rail network. It will take two years longer but this will reduce the amount of disruption to existing services while the work is ongoing.
In addition, the Government is procuring a new fleet of trains for Thameslink of up to 1,200 new carriages, which should allow some of the existing carriages to be released to Southern, allowing them to run longer trains to reduce congestion.
Great news for commuters. At the risk of sounding greedy, I asked the Secretary of State to look at the prospect of upgrading the West London Line, which terminates at Clapham Junction, so that south London, Surrey and Sussex have a link to the proposed High Speed 2 route and he promised to look at that.