Southern helps first-class florist’s dreams blossom at Horley station

Press Releases   •   Dec 06, 2018 10:05 GMT

A new florist's shop, run by former law enforcement officer Gavin Lambert, has opened at Horley Station, located on the Brighton Main Line

Winter timetable to be introduced on Thameslink and Great Northern from Monday 10 December

Press Releases   •   Dec 04, 2018 11:58 GMT

​From Monday 10 December, passengers on Thameslink and Great Northern will benefit from 200 additional weekday services

GTR response to Transport Select Committee report

News   •   Dec 04, 2018 00:01 GMT


Responding to the Transport Select Committee’s report into the May timetable changes (also embargoed as above), Patrick Verwer, Chief Executive of Govia Thameslink Railway, said: 

“We acknowledge the report by the Transport Select Committee into the industry-wide issues surrounding the introduction of the May timetable.

“We have made some significant improvements, particularly in providing information for passengers, following a preliminary investigation by the industry regulator, the Office of Rail and Road.

“We are very sorry for the disruption the May timetable caused and have already processed compensation claims for 68,000 season ticket holders, with the deadline for claims extended to 31 January 2019.

“Since July, services on Thameslink and Great Northern have become more stable and reliable. Next week we will begin to introduce 200 mainly off-peak services to complete the phased roll-out of the May weekday timetable, bringing the total number of daily weekday services to 3,600.”


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GTR on track with projects to deliver more accessible railway

Press Releases   •   Dec 03, 2018 14:03 GMT

On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Govia Thameslink Railway announces that it is on track to deliver a raft of upgrades across the network by March 2019 through its stations accessibility fund to improve access for all passengers

​GTR and The Prince’s Trust help eight disadvantaged young people find work on the railways

Press Releases   •   Nov 26, 2018 12:08 GMT

Govia Thameslink Railway has offered eight young people jobs with Thameslink and Southern Railway after they graduated on Monday from a four-week work experience programme run in partnership with The Prince’s Trust.

Non-season ticket holders urged to claim compensation for May timetable issues

Press Releases   •   Nov 26, 2018 11:10 GMT

From today, part-time workers and other regular travellers on Thameslink and Great Northern affected by disruption following the introduction of the May 2018 timetable can claim additional compensation

​Thameslink inspires young people with learning difficulties to take the train

Press Releases   •   Nov 21, 2018 12:04 GMT

Thameslink has given five young Bedfordshire people with learning difficulties, the knowledge and confidence to travel by train, helping develop their independence

​Residents and traders invited to update on rail road bridge closure

Press Releases   •   Nov 20, 2018 16:49 GMT

THREE drop-in sessions will be held next week to share progress being made to address concerns about the temporary closure of Mill Road Bridge in 2019.

Residents and traders will be able to meet representatives from Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), Network Rail and contractors Spencer’s on 27 November between 1100-1300, 1400-1600 and 1700-1900.

The venue for next week’s sessions is on Mill Road, at the Earl of Beaconsfield, Billiard Room, 133 Mill Road (access via Great Eastern Street).

GTR and Network Rail are extending Cambridge railway depot to help increase the number of Thameslink services to and from Cambridge.

The £30m investment, which is part of the Government-sponsored Thameslink Programme, will improve cross-London rail links to and from the City, from places as far afield as Brighton and Gatwick Airport, helping boost the local economy.

As part of this, it is necessary to temporarily close Mill Road Bridge for work to create an additional railway line underneath to serve the depot.

Kevin Parker, for GTR, said: “We are listening to what people are telling us, to the views of the community and local traders, and want to share how we propose to address these concerns.”


Govia Thameslink Railway

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) operates Thameslink, Great Northern, Southern and Gatwick Express services as follows:

  • Thameslink – services between Bedford and Brighton, Luton/St Albans and Sutton, Wimbledon and Sevenoaks
  • Great Northern – services between London and Welwyn, Hertford, Peterborough, Cambridge and King’s Lynn
  • Southern – services between London and the Sussex coast (Brighton, Worthing, Eastbourne, Bognor Regis, Hastings) and parts of Surrey, Kent and Hampshire (Ashford International, Southampton, Portsmouth)
  • Gatwick Express – fast, non-stop direct services between Gatwick Airport and London Victoria,,,

Drop-in sessions will be held next week to share progress being made to address concerns about the temporary closure of Mill Road Bridge in 2019

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Smiling Andy wins community award for helping passengers at Salfords Station

Press Releases   •   Nov 15, 2018 14:42 GMT

Southern Rail’s Salfords Station Assistant Andy Chantler has been presented with a Good Citizen Award by Salfords and Sidlow Parish Council for his sterling work assisting passengers

Station extension starts at Elstree & Borehamwood

News   •   Nov 14, 2018 10:58 GMT

GTR's £1.5m scheme to double the size of the concourse at Elstree & Borehamwood station, easing congestion and greatly improving passenger facilities is under way