MPs debate Thameslink upgrade project

03 February 2010

Patrick Hall, Labour MP for Bedford, opened a debate in Westminster Hall on the progress of the Thameslink programme, a major upgrade on the fifty-station railway line which runs through London from Bedford to Brighton. Chris Mole, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Transport, responded to the debate

Thameslink project

The Thameslink programme is a major £5.5b scheme to extend the service to a further 100 stations and to greatly increase capacity on the central London section to accommodate more frequent and longer trains. Major parts of this new scheme will be in place by the 2012 Olympics. Thameslink services will be complemented by Crossrail which will offer east to west mainline services across London.

Westminster Hall debates

Westminster Hall adjournment debates allow MPs to consider issues of local or personal interest which rarely have time to be debated in the main Chamber of the House of Commons. MPs can discuss a variety of issues and receive a response from a government Minister.

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