A bit of straightforward transport news.
We’ve been following this for a while, but it seems very few people are aware of it.
From May a new Thameslink line will head south from Finsbury Park railway station, calling at St Pancras, Farringdon, Blackfriars, London Bridge, and stations to Sussex incl. Brighton and Gatwick Airport (never easy to get to from North London). The down line goes up to Peterborough or Cambridge. Yes, brand new direct links, and surely a real improvement for a significant number of Crouch End commuters – it’ll be even better when they finish rebuilding Finsbury Park.
The new line seems to have attracted scant attention thus far, though it made this week’s Islington Gazette. There are rumours that TfL have deliberately refused to include it on the Tube pocket map – perhaps fearing news of the other shiny new service, Crossrail 2/Elizabeth Line, may be eclipsed for 10 minutes.
For the trainspotters out there the interesting bits are the new Canal Tunnels they knocked through a few years ago under the developments at King’s Cross to link the East Coast mainline with the St Pancras lines, and the shiny but spartan new class 700 rolling stock… (the Guardian had a moan, now there’s a surprise).
Please hold on, this train is about to move.