Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has implemented its new timetable that will boost the number of trains running each day by 13%.
The new timetable, which came into force on 20 May, is part of RailPlan20/20 – the biggest transformation of the UK rail network for decades to provide more reliable journeys.
As part of the plans from GTR, almost 400 extra trains will be available each day, providing space for a further 50,000 passengers into London at peak times.
It equates to a train service every 24 seconds.
There have been teething problems, with cancellations on the network causing delays.
Frustrating as they are, GTR believes that passengers will benefit from much more frequent services and by next year, 80 more stations will enjoy direct services to central London, including Farringdon, City Thameslink and Blackfriars.
The RailPlan20/20 will also see interconnection with the Elizabeth line from December 2018, resulting in fast and simpler journey options.
Charles Horton is the Chief Executive of GTR – the train operating company that operates the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (TSGN) rail franchise in the country.
He described these changes to timetables as a “major milestone.”
He said: “We are introducing the biggest ever change to rail timetables to significantly boost capacity on the UK’s most congested network. We don’t want passengers to get caught out so we strongly advise them to look up times of their trains as they will find that from 20 May each and every one of them has changed.
“Due to the sheer scale of the changes, we will have to redeploy a large number of trains and crews and services may not run at normal times during the introductory phase, although the impact on peak time services during the transition will be minimal.
“Introduction of the new timetables is a major milestone in the delivery of RailPlan20/20, our programme to modernise rail services, taking advantage of the new infrastructure and trains provided by the government’s £7 billion Thameslink Programme.”