Plenary on 2009-06-14
Session date: 
June 14, 2009
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Boris Johnson (Chair, TfL) and Sir Peter Hendy (Commissioner, TfL)


Is Thameslink the original Crossrail scheme and should it be marketed as such?


Answer for Crossrail

Answer for Crossrail

Answered By: 
Boris Johnson (Chair, TfL) and Sir Peter Hendy (Commissioner, TfL)

No. Crossrail and the Thameslink Programme are, and always have been, different schemes, though there are similarities in that they will provide high frequency metro railway services across London. The Thameslink Programme (a north-south route) is a Network Rail project, which expands and upgrades the existing Thameslink route created in the late 1980s. Thameslink services will be operated (as they are now) by a franchised train operating company according to DfT specifications.Crossrail is a new east-west route. Last summer, the powers were gained allowing the railway to be built, which involves constructing two new tunnels across central London. When it opens, Crossrail will become part of the TfL transport network and be operated through a Concession agreement let by TfL.