About us

Delivering a rail service fit for the 21st Century

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) is the largest train operating company in the UK with more passengers, more trains and more staff than anyone else in the country.

We’re a family of local brands, that have come together to make the UK’s largest train operating company.

We began running Thameslink and Great Northern in September 2014, and soon after took over a small number of services and stations on the Sevenoaks route via Catford and Swanley.

In July 2015, the Southern and Gatwick Express routes, joined the franchise.

GTR now carries 326 million passenger journeys per year, employs over 6,500 people and generates annual passenger revenues of approximately £1.3bn. We run over 3,200 services every week day and serve 320 stations, 236 of which we manage.

Our plans

We’re investing heavily in the infrastructure and technology on our lines, so we can give our passengers a better service.

More trains, more seats and capacity, more services, more routes, more station improvements, more platforms with Wi-Fi and more information.

Above all, we want to give our customers and our people more say – to help us create a better rail service for everyone.

Learn more about our plans

Read our customer report

Our network

Thameslink operates services to and from London between Bedford and Brighton via Luton and Gatwick Airport, and between Luton/St Albans/Kentish Town and Wimbledon/Sutton/Sevenoaks.

View the Thameslink route map

Great Northern connects King’s Lynn, Cambridge and Peterborough, via Stevenage and Welwyn Garden City with London King’s Cross. Metro services from Welwyn Garden City, Letchworth, Hitchin, Stevenage and Hertford North run to and from Moorgate weekdays and King’s Cross late evening and at weekends.

View the Great Northern route map

Visit Southern Railway

Visit Gatwick Express


GTR is part of Govia - a partnership between two world-class transport operators - the Go-Ahead Group and Keolis.