MPs 'doubt' that Thameslink will be completed by 2018

MPs have questioned whether the Thameslink project will be completed on schedule, amid serious concerns about the progress of the project.

In a new report, the public accounts committee said the Department for Transport lacked project management skills but had completed the first phase on budget.

The department made changes to its plans for the franchise very late in the day. Prior to 2013 the department's approach to letting the franchise to operate the new service was not joined up with the rest of the Thameslink programme, highlighting weaknesses in the department's programme management capability.

We remain concerned about the department's skills and capacity to complete Thameslink by 2018, alongside its ambitious wider portfolio of programmes and projects.

– Public Accounts Committee report on Thameslink