Passenger lifts to Thameslink’s southbound platform at Farringdon will be taken out of use from Saturday 9 September until next spring as Crossrail begins work to create a step-free route to the new Elizabeth line. Lifts to the northbound platform will remain in operation.
Thameslink passengers able to navigate an eight-step staircase will be able to use lifts to and from Farringdon’s main London Underground station entrance.
Thameslink passengers travelling south from Farringdon who are unable to use the stairs are advised to take a local bus or walk to City Thameslink station instead. City Thameslink has lifts and is approximately 500m away. Alternatively they can use Farringdon’s lifts to northbound Thameslink services, travel to St Pancras and change there for southbound Thameslink services.
Thameslink passengers travelling south to Farringdon who are unable to use the stairs should also use nearby City Thameslink, one stop further on, and take a lift to catch a northbound train going back to Farringdon.
All these options will be publicised on posters at Thameslink stations, and by passenger announcements at stations and on board trains.
Crossrail’s work to extend Thameslink lift shafts to the platforms of the new Elizabeth line will create step-free access for passengers with restricted mobility, including those with buggies and heavy luggage.
Farringdon is set to become a major transport hub in December 2018 when Thameslink introduces an upgraded high-intensity service of up to 24 trains per hour, north-south through the heart of London, and the new east-west Elizabeth line opens with similar service frequencies.
These will all intersect with the station’s London Underground services (Metropolitan, Circle and Hammersmith & City lines) and together improve journey times across London, easing congestion and offering better connections while providing easier, quicker and more direct travel opportunities across the capital.
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Govia Thameslink Railway
Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) operates Thameslink, Great Northern, Southern and Gatwick Express services. It is the largest rail franchise in the UK in terms of passenger numbers, trains, revenue and staff: GTR carries about 326 million passenger journeys per year, and employs around 6,500 people. Its aim is to improve services across all four networks.
The £7bn Thameslink Programme will bring hundreds more daily services from 2018, increasing the number of trains though the central London core from 12 to 24 trains per hour. Network Rail has also launched a £300m programme to improve infrastructure reliability across the GTR network. GTR has introduced more new trains in the past year than all other franchises put together, with 1,400 new carriages so far.
GTR is modernising how it works, with new technology in use at our stations and on our trains, smartcard ticketing and a new, flexible on-board staff role on many Southern services. This ensures fewer cancellations, and with more staff on board our trains now than ever before, passengers are enjoying a much better level of on-board customer service.
The GTR investment programme for stations includes funding for more CCTV, toilet refurbishments, new retail facilities, help points and car park improvements – as well as plans for increased motorcycle storage and improved transport integration.