Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Go-Ahead: 'Expect Three More Years of Train Misery'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Go-Ahead: 'Expect Three More Years of Train Misery'

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Byline: Angela Jameson

GO-AHEAD, the trains and buses operator running London's blighted Thameslink and Southeastern services, has warned passengers disruption will continue for at least three more years.

The rebuilding of London Bridge station will be completed in 2018 and Go-Ahead's chief executive, David Brown, said things would not get back to "normal" until then.

"We are working very hard to improve performance during one of the railway's biggest improvement programmes but it does lead to disruption in services," Brown said.

Go-Ahead is beginning to test new trains on the UK's biggest franchise, which it operates jointly with French firm Keolis. Some 1400 new longer Thameslink trains will be running on the network in 2018 but some will debut on the network before that date.

Pre-tax profits at the transport operator climbed 11.7% in the year to the end of June to PS96.6 million, as revenues were up 19% to PS3.2 billion. …

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