To understand the current issues with Thameslink, one has to understand its past. In this series, we explore the history of London’s only ‘through’ line and how that influences today. For many years it has been the Holy Grail of urban rail systems to have railway lines starting on one side of a city and emerge on the other side. It wasn’t always this way. In the days of steam, going underneath a city (and having underground stations at all) was generally thought to be ...
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