Network Rail and ThamesLink are investing billions of pounds in infrastructure in the south east to improve links between East Croydon and Bedford, Luton Airport, Cambridge and Peterborough.
Billed as “the biggest investment in infrastructure since the Victorian era” by Network Rail, the plans include having up to 24 trains an hour travelling through central London on the line running between Brighton and Peterborough.
It is hoped that the developments will deliver 20% more seats during peak morning hours. Also part of the plans is the redevelopment of London Bridge and is set to be one of the largest projects carried out on any station in Britain.
Sam Kelly, Network Rail’s media relations manager, said: “National Rail and Thameslink plan to invest billions of pounds into London Bridge Rail Station to support links between London and Cambridgeshire.”
Vivian Lee, 26, a student at Cambridge, said: “I am living in East Croydon, it takes me less than three hours to get home from Cambridge. I’m happy to have a new ThamesLink connecting my home and college. It is more convenient and time-saving. Even though I will graduate when the plan finishes, I can still use it to visit my friends.”
The plans will see Network Rail and ThamesLink invest £6billion between 2014 and 2019 on the new transport links.