City Thameslink railway station

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City Thameslink National Rail
City Thameslink stn Ludgate Hill entrance.JPG
Southern entrance on Ludgate Hill
City Thameslink is located in Central London
City Thameslink
City Thameslink
Location of City Thameslink in Central London
Location Holborn Viaduct / Ludgate Hill
Local authority City of London
Managed by Thameslink
Owner Network Rail
Station code CTK
DfT category C1
Number of platforms 2
Accessible Yes[1]
Fare zone 1
National Rail annual entry and exit
2012–13 Increase 5.541 million[2]
– interchange  Increase 475[2]
2013–14 Increase 6.020 million[2]
– interchange  Increase 409[2]
2014–15 Increase 6.354 million[2]
– interchange  Increase 3,299[2]
2015–16 Decrease 6.340 million[2]
– interchange  Increase 11,885[2]
2016–17 Decrease 6.339 million[2]
– interchange  Increase 12,008[2]
Key dates
1990 Opened as St. Paul's Thameslink
1991 Renamed City Thameslink
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WGS84 51°30′59″N 0°06′13″W / 51.5163°N 0.1037°W / 51.5163; -0.1037Coordinates: 51°30′59″N 0°06′13″W / 51.5163°N 0.1037°W / 51.5163; -0.1037
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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 Blackfriars to the south and Farringdon 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.[3] 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.[4]

Although it is a through station, for ticketing purposes it is classed as a London terminus for journeys to and from the south.[5] 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.[6]


Changes in 1990[7][8]
Smithfield sidings
Holborn Viaduct
City Thameslink

When the Thameslink line opened, trains used the approach viaduct for a now-closed station called Holborn Viaduct to reach the Snow Hill tunnel, which had re-opened in 1988.[9] In preparation for that station's closure, on 26 January 1990, a new line between Blackfriars and the tunnel was constructed, this time on a different alignment slightly to the east and at a lower elevation, providing 600,000 square feet (56,000 m2) of office space to be constructed above the station on a 4-acre (1.6 ha) site. City Thameslink was built as a replacement for the Holborn Viaduct station. The total work was estimated at £360 million.[10] 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.[11]

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[12] to avoid confusion with the St. Paul's Central line station on the London Underground, which is several hundred yards to the east, to the north of St Paul's Cathedral.[13] It was the first station to be constructed in Central London for almost 100 years.[14]

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.[15]

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.[16]


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:

All trains call at all stations on the central cross-London core of the Thameslink route, being Blackfriars, Farringdon and St. Pancras).

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station


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.[17]



  1. ^ "London and South East" (PDF). National Rail. September 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 March 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ "City Thameslink Station Plan". Transport for London. Retrieved 14 April 2018. 
  4. ^ "Nearest station to City Thameslink Station". Retrieved 14 April 2018. 
  5. ^ "Section A" (PDF). National Fares Manual 98. Association of Train Operating Companies. Retrieved 2 January 2010. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Here are 31 better names for City Thameslink, the worst name for a railway station ever devised". CityMetric. 7 February 2018. Retrieved 14 April 2018. 
  7. ^ Catford, Nick (10 February 2006). "Snow Hill/Holborn Viaduct Low Level". Retrieved 27 November 2009. 
  8. ^ Holborn viaduct to Lewisham by Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith (Middleton press)
  9. ^ Haywood 2016, p. 225.
  10. ^ "Steaming ahead". The Times. London. 31 January 1990. p. 39. Retrieved 14 April 2018. (Subscription required (help)). 
  11. ^ "Diving Into The Fleet: A Look At London's Lost Tube". London Reconnections. Retrieved 14 April 2018. 
  12. ^ Butt 1995, pp. 62,204.
  13. ^ Harvey, David J (14 November 1989). "All change". Times. London, England. p. 17. Retrieved 14 April 2018. (Subscription required (help)). 
  14. ^ Dynes, Michael (7 November 1991). "Main-line station opening marks rail expansion". The Times. London. p. 5. (Subscription required (help)). 
  15. ^ "Train Times: 23 May to 11 September 2010" (PDF). First Capital Connect. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 November 2010. Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  16. ^ "£4.5m upgrade of City Thameslink complete" (Press release). First Capital Connect. 15 October 2010. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. 
  17. ^


  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. 
  • Haywood, Russell (2016). Railways, Urban Development and Town Planning in Britain: 1948–2008. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-317-07164-8. 

Further reading

  • Sutton, Philip (8–21 February 1990). "Goodbye Holborn Viaduct - Hello St. Paul's Thameslink". RAIL. No. 115. EMAP National Publications. pp. 6–7. ISSN 0953-4563. OCLC 49953699. 

External links

  • Train times and station information for City Thameslink railway station from National Rail
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