Dont have an account?Sign up here
11 December 2012
We've extended two platforms at Finsbury Park station, part of a package of major improvements designed to increase space and improve station facilities.
First Capital Connect began operating its first longer 12-carriage trains at Finsbury Park on 10 December 2012, giving passengers over 1,000 extra seats each weekday peak.
In years to come, the platforms will allow still more 12-carriage trains to call at Finsbury Park, served by a new fleet of trains to be ordered as part of the Thameslink Programme. From 2018 these will run direct to St Pancras International and across the capital to Farringdon (for Crossrail), London Bridge, Gatwick Airport and beyond.
“Finsbury Park is a vital transport hub and one of the busiest commuter stations in London. The work we've done to extend platforms to allow longer trains to run will make a real difference, boosting capacity and providing more seats each day for passengers.
These longer platforms will not only achieve that but also prepare the ground for the Thameslink programme, which will open up new destinations and journey opportunities from Finsbury Park.”
Phil Verster, route managing director, London North Eastern
Over £4 million has already been invested in Finsbury Park in the past 18 months:
•New automatic ticket gates opened on the busiest platforms in spring 2011 helping to clamp down on fare evasion and improve security
•Refurbished and extended platform canopies
•Upgraded station lighting
•Additional waiting shelters have been put up on all platforms
More improvements to come:
•We're reinstating and lengthening a disused platform next to platform 1 for southbound trains. These will run on a new passenger line to be created from a goods line between Alexandra Palace and Finsbury Park
•A new passenger line, due to open in December 2013, will ease congestion on the railway and improve the reliability of train services, as will the upgrade of the existing slow line out of London
•Planned for Spring 2014, lifts will provide step-free access between the station entrance and platforms for the first time