On 21 January the Rail Minister, Simon Burns, announced that the Thameslink ‘through’ trains calling at Herne Hill will continue to run through north of Blackfriars after the completion of the major Thameslink programme in 2018. This is excellent news. The Traffic and Transport group have argued strongly, with many others, for this result over many years. Unfortunately, the process of re-franchising the train operation is still on hold, so it will be some time before a new commercial operator is in place. However, it is, likely that the bidders in the franchising process, when it happens, will be happy to include the busy/crowded Herne Hill Thameslink through services in their plans.

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