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Keeping London and the South of England moving

Big Changes in 2020

Passengers, communities and businesses in London and the South of England will benefit from big changes happening on our railway.


  • South Western Railway passengers will see the first of 90 new trains in the middle of 2020
  • More modern trains being tested on the Island line from summer 2020
  • Thameslink means 50,000 more passengers can travel to and from London in the morning and evening peaks

Stations, tracks, depots

  • Construction will start in 2020 on the £150 million upgrade of Gatwick Airport Station
  • Major work at Canterbury East, Maidstone East, St Albans
  • £23 million investment in Feltham Station


  • South Western Railway offers more than 100 apprenticeships in 2020
  • £1.6 million for secure cycle parking on the Southeastern route in 2020
  • GTR supported Brighton Pride by launching ‘trainbow’ a special edition rainbow-liveried train, designed by an apprentice
  • 2020 community consultation on proposals to unblock a bottleneck at Croydon

Major upgrade work

  • £1.25 billion Kent and South East London upgrade plan continues in 2020
  • Thameslink Programme resilience upgrade completed 2019
  • 2020 package of work to renew critical junctions, including at North Kent East, Hither Green and Ashford

People across London and the South of England support rail companies’ proposals for change

The rail industry recognise the need for big changes, that's why together we submitted proposals for a radical alternative to the current franchising system to the independently-chaired Williams review looking into the future of Britain's railway. We proposed for a more customer focussed, joined-up and accountable railway.

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