– Amyas Morse, Head of National Audit Office
"It's too early in the Thameslink programme to conclude on whether or not it will achieve value for money. That will have to wait until the new service is running. However, there has been good progress in delivering the first stage of the infrastructure part of the programme on time and under budget, which the department now needs to build on. Our principal concern is around the delay in agreeing the contract to build new trains which raises questions about the feasibility of delivering the whole programme by 2018."
Delays in awarding the contract to build the trains for the Government's Thameslink rail upgrade may have put the project in jeopardy, a public spending watchdog has said.