City Thameslink is a central London railway station within the City of London, with entrances on Ludgate Hill and Holborn Viaduct. It is on the Thameslink route, situated between to the south and to the north.
The station opened in 1990 as a replacement for Holborn Viaduct railway station as part of the Thameslink project that re-opened the Snow Hill Tunnel and provided a continuous north-south service across London. It was originally named St. Paul's Thameslink, but to avoid confusion with the nearby St. Paul's tube station on the Central line, it was renamed City Thameslink the following year.
Name and location
The station is in the City of London. It has two entrances on Ludgate Hill and Holborn Viaduct respectively, both of which provide access to the two platforms. It is one of the few stations in Central London that does not have a direct access to any London Underground station. Nearby tube stations include Chancery Lane, St Pauls and Blackfriars.
Although it is a through station, for ticketing purposes it is classed as a London terminus for journeys to and from the south. It is in Travelcard Zone 1.
London Buses routes 4; 11; 15; 17; 23; 26; 76; 172 and heritage route 15H and night routes N11, N15, N21, N26, N76 and N199 serve the Ludgate Hill entrance to the station and routes 8; 25; 242; 521 and night route N8 serve the Holborn Viaduct entrance.
The station is on the western half of the City of London. The use of the service provider in the name is idiosyncratic.
When the Thameslink line opened, trains used the approach viaduct for a now-closed station called to reach the Snow Hill tunnel, which had re-opened in 1988. In preparation for that station's closure, on 26 January 1990, a new line between and the tunnel was constructed, this time on a different alignment slightly to the east and at a lower elevation, providing 600000sqft of office space to be constructed above the station on a 4acre site. City Thameslink was built as a replacement for the Holborn Viaduct station. The total work was estimated at £360 million. Due to a proposed routing for the second phase of the Jubilee line through the area, part of the station was built to allow for a future interchange.
The station was opened by British Rail on 29 May 1990 as St. Paul's Thameslink, and was renamed to City Thameslink on 30 September 1991 to avoid confusion with the Central line station on the London Underground, which is several hundred yards to the east, to the north of St Paul's Cathedral. It was the first station to be constructed in Central London for almost 100 years.
When the Thameslink franchise was awarded to First Capital Connect in 2006, the Thameslink service was initially re-branded, however, City Thameslink was not renamed. By late 2010, FCC reverted to the Thameslink name.
As part of the Thameslink Programme, an upgrade of City Thameslink station was completed in 2010. The platforms were made ready for future 12-carriage trains, and the passenger information system improved. New lighting and ticket gates were installed.
The station is served by trains on the Thameslink route on Mondays to Saturdays (it is closed on Sundays).
The new Thameslink timetable was introduced in May 2018, the current off peak service is as follows:
- 4 tph to Brighton via Gatwick Airport (Thameslink)
- 2 tph to Horsham via Gatwick Airport (Thameslink)
- 2 tph to Gatwick Airport via Redhill (Thameslink)
- 2 tph to Rainham via Greenwich, Charlton, Abbey Wood, Dartford, Gravesend and Gillingham (Thameslink)
- 2 tph to Orpington
- 4 tph to Sutton, 2 tph via Wimbledon and 2 tph via Mitcham Junction.
- 4 tph to Bedford via St Pancras International, St Albans City, Luton Airport and Luton Town. (operated by Thameslink)
- 2 tph to Luton Town via St Pancras International, St Albans City and Luton Airport
- 4 tph to St Albans City via St Pancras International
- 2 tph to Kentish Town via St Pancras International
- 2 tph to Cambridge via St Pancras International, Stevenage and Hitchin (Thameslink)
- 2 tph to Peterborough via St Pancras International, Stevenage and Hitchin (Thameslink)
All trains call at all stations on the central cross-London core of the Thameslink route, being, and ).
An underground passageway linking City Thameslink to St Pauls tube station to provide an interchange between the London Underground Central line and National Rail services on the Thameslink (route) has been suggested by London TravelWatch in a report in 2014 which suggested it would benefit passengers travelling from the Central Line catchment to Gatwick and Luton Airports.