The Anonymous Widower

Class 700 Trains Don’t Have Destination Boards On The Side

I was intending to go between St. Pancras and London Bridge stations, so as I was close to the Thameslink platforms, I decided to use London’s hidden North-South link.

As I approached the platform, I saw a train had just arrived and it would either be going via London Bridge or Elephant & Castle stations.

So I looked on the side of the train for a destination board, which is present on many trains in the UK.

But there wasn’t one!

Luckily, a station man was on the platform and I asked him. He said it was a Rainham train, which meant it was via London Bridge.

So it was a train I wanted and I duly boarded, after taking this picture.

As Thameslink is a complicated route, surely there should be displays on the side saying things like.

  • Rainham via London Bridge and Greenwich
  • Brighton via Gatwick Airport
  • Cambridge via Finsbury Park
  • Sevenoaks via Elephant & Castle

It would make boarding safer and quicker, if all trains had details on their sides.

I know there are excellent displays on the platform, but I couldn’t see one from where I stood.



August 26, 2018 - Posted by | Transport | , ,


  1. Some people think the displays on the side of older Electrostars are excessive but I love them. 2 per each side of each carriage showing the destination and all calling points. One is enough but even when the ones on the 700s are working, they only show the destination

    Comment by Ethan | August 26, 2018 | Reply

  2. On that short journey across London, I was asked by two people; one who was Portuguese and the other who looked Asian, for directions. One was on the wrong train and I told them to get off at Blackfriars and catch a train to Wimbledon.

    Comment by AnonW | August 26, 2018 | Reply

  3. They do have destination screens readable from the outside like the Electrostars,it’s on coach window

    Comment by Andy | May 18, 2019 | Reply

  4. They are literally right there in the photo, they were probably turned off due to a fault.

    Comment by Rob | June 24, 2019 | Reply

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