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Thameslink Railway Line

Volume 507: debated on Thursday 11 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what proportion of the increase in capacity provided by the Thameslink Programme will be attributable to the (a) Key Output 0, (b) Key Output 1 and (c) Key Output 2 phase. (321211)

Key Output 0 has already delivered an increase of 2,500 seats in each peak period. The Key Output 1 service, from December 2011, will increase the capacity into central London initially by approximately a further 1,000 seats in each peak period.

As the new Key Output 2 trains are progressively brought on to the rail network, capacity will increase in to the central London section of the Thameslink route by up to approximately 30,000 additional seats in each peak period.