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A Class 700 Thameslink train at Blackfriars
Type Commuter rail, Suburban rail
System National Rail
Status Operational
Locale East of England
Greater London
South East England
Termini Bedford/Luton/St Albans
Stations 68 (additional stations at peaks)
Services 5
Opened 1988
Owner Network Rail
Operator(s) Thameslink
Depot(s) Bedford Cauldwell Walk
Bedford Carriage Sidings
Three Bridges
Rolling stock Class 700 Desiro City
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in)
Operating speed 100 mph (160 km/h) maximum

Thameslink is a route in the British railway system. It has 68 stations. It is 225 km (140 mi) long. It runs north to south through London from Bedford to Brighton. It goes to London Gatwick Airport and London Luton Airport. It has a suburban loop that goes to Sutton and Wimbledon. On weekdays a suburban line goes through Catford and Bromley South to Sevenoaks. It opened as a through service in 1988. By 1998, it was very overcrowded, carrying more than 28,000 passengers in the morning peak. Almost all the services are currently operated by Thameslink.

Thameslink Class 700 interior
The interior of a Class 700 Thameslink train towards Bedford.

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