14 MAY 2018
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Special tours of St Pancras International station for people with accessibility needs have been going ahead with Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) to prepare for a change in the timetable this month.
Great Northern customers were invited to check out the station before services begin moving from King’s Cross next Sunday, 20 May. Half of Peterborough services and many Cambridge trains will then run as Thameslink trains via St Pancras.
GTR says the switch gives thousands of passengers at stations along the route direct access to St Pancras and other fully-accessible central London stations such as City Thameslink, Farringdon, Blackfriars and the new London Bridge.
From December, Farringdon will connect with Crossrail’s Elizabeth Line to Heathrow and Canary Wharf. GTR's Thameslink trains will also run direct to Gatwick.
Passengers on the tours were shown facilities such as access to the London Underground, location of toilets and ticketing arrangements among other accessible facilities at the station.
They also tested platform 'humps' which have been installed at all Thameslink's central London stations to give passengers level access to the wheelchair-friendly areas of their new trains.
GTR accessibility manager Antony Merlyn, who led the tours, said: “St Pancras International offers all the facilities and amenities needed for our passengers and we wanted to make them aware ahead of the switch.”
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Hugh Field, Cambridge
Sadly no fast trains to St Pancras and beyond. So decent trains(700s)will be wasted on stoppers.