National Rail routes provide services into London’s main rail terminus stations, including Liverpool Street, London Bridge, Waterloo, Victoria, Paddington, Euston and King’s Cross St Pancras. Together they provide links from most of Great Britain and are used by many commuters and visitors travelling to Canary Wharf.
The rail network and many stations are undergoing an extensive programme of improvement that will provide more capacity and new and longer trains. The West Coast Main Line improvements provide more capacity on services into Euston and on other routes improvements are being carried out to enable more 10 and 12 car trains to be operated.
High-speed domestic services from Kent and the Medway Towns (operated by Southeastern) now stop at Stratford International and St Pancras. Passengers can avoid central London by travelling from St Pancras to Stratford in just 7 minutes. Travel times to Canary Wharf via Stratford from many parts of Kent, including Ashford, Folkestone and the Medway Towns have been significantly reduced. The journey time from Ashford to Stratford takes only 35 minutes.
A regular service into Stratford from Stansted Airport and Hertford East has recently been introduced giving connections from the Bishops Stortford line, with a frequency of 2 trains per hour.
In addition, platform improvements at the Regional Station will enable all mainline services to stop at Stratford.
Thameslink services into St Pancras and London Bridge and across central London are currently being improved as part of an upgrade programme to be completed by 2016, with the first phase complete by 2012. The improvements will enable 12-car trains to be operated on the network, and have a future frequency of 24 trains per hour between St Pancras and London Bridge. This provides quicker journeys from Bedford to London Bridge which is 7 minutes from Canary Wharf via the Jubilee Line.