Thameslink Programme Learning Legacy

Following our Members’ Meeting in London on 6 June 2019, where James Elford, Project Director for London Bridge station, presented, we thought it would be timely to also share a link to the Thameslink Programme’s new Learning Legacy resource which London Bridge is heavily featured in.

Thameslink Programme Learning Legacy

The Government-sponsored Thameslink Programme is a 10-year infrastructure enhancement programme for better stations, new technology and new trains on an expanded Thameslink network, which is transforming north-south travel through London.

Network Rail and its Thameslink Programme partners – Department for Transport (DfT), Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), Southeastern and Siemens – have recently launched a learning legacy website to share best practice, recommendations and lessons learned from the £7bn project.

The Learning Legacy website hosts freely-available resources for railway and infrastructure professionals to take forward the experience gained during the programme for future projects.

Now largely complete, the programme has many great examples of best practice and learnings across eleven separate categories to share. These include engineering, health and safety and sustainability.

​​Sharing skills

Designed to be easy to navigate and search, the first phase of the Learning Legacy website was launched to the rail industry at a briefing at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in London. At first, the site will promote shared knowledge from the infrastructure area of the programme. The website’s second phase (coming soon) will focus on digital elements, the train operating companies and timetabling lessons.

‘Fantastic resource’

Matthew Lodge, director of rail infrastructure – south, DfT, said: “The Thameslink Learning Legacy Programme provides a fantastic resource for current and future rail projects – as well as other projects and programmes – to tap into and learn from.”

Andy MacGregor, senior programme manager added: “The website provides a clear picture of what went into the Thameslink Programme, from responsible procurement to operational readiness.”

You can find the site at www.thameslinkprogramme.co.uk . Simply follow the ‘Learning Legacy’ menu link.