Crowds turn up for last train from Moorgate

PUBLISHED: 13:00 26 March 2009 | UPDATED: 14:03 06 May 2010

First Capital Connect's managing director Elain Holt onboard the last train from Moorgate

First Capital Connect's managing director Elain Holt onboard the last train from Moorgate

THE last train from Moorgate on Friday proved to be a hit in more ways than one. Rail enthusiasts and commuters turned out for the two final runs from the station which is closing as part of the £5.5 billion Thameslink programme to improve the route and d

THE last train from Moorgate on Friday proved to be a hit in more ways than one.

Rail enthusiasts and commuters turned out for the two final runs from the station which is closing as part of the £5.5 billion Thameslink programme to improve the route and double its capacity.

They were the scheduled 7.06pm Moorgate to Bedford train and an additional commemorative service put on by First Capital Connect (FCC) at 7.54pm to Farringdon, St Pancras and Kentish Town.

A countdown clock checking the last hours, minutes and then seconds to the 7.06 proved a popular draw for photographers as did the 7.54pm which was decked out in Thameslink programme stripy livery.

Commemorative headboards announced the final 'Farewell to Moorgate' run and commemorative tickets were handed out in exchange for donations to charity. In total more than £700 was raised for street-children's charity Railway Children.

FCC managing director Elaine Holt joined the crowds marking the closure of the branch line which has been in operation since 1868. She said: "I think that, with the help of the crowds of well-wishers, we gave the Moorgate Thameslink route branch line a fitting send-off on Friday night."

She added: "The Thameslink Programme will transform the service we can give people, reducing overcrowding by introducing new and improved trains, stations and platforms.

"The new timetable of March 22 has already doubled the length of up to 12 of our rush-hour services, providing 2,800 more seats across the morning and evening peaks.

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