- The plan sets out how an improved partnership railway of the public and private sectors will secure prosperity for South East London and Kent
- Working together, rail companies will invest more than £425m in the region’s railway by April 2019
- The plan will deliver 150 new jobs, 25 new apprenticeships and space for 40,000 more rush hour customers
- Part of the national plan for Britain’s railway which was launched last year and sets out four commitments to strengthen and improve the partnership railway in the long-term
South East London and Kent’s rail companies, as well as suppliers and local authorities, have come together today to launch a long-term plan for the region’s railway called ‘In Partnership for Britain’s Prosperity – South East London and Kent’.
The plan, which sets out the railway’s plans to work in partnership to invest and improve will in-turn deliver £9.2bn of additional economic benefit across the wider south-east region, and forms part of a national plan first launched by the industry last October. It sets out how the four key national commitments made by the railway – to strengthen the economy; improve journeys; boost communities; and provide rewarding careers – will deliver for people in South East London and Kent.
Plans for the region’s railway includes an ongoing £6 million investment in major refurbishments, including installing more waiting shelters on platforms in 28 stations, introducing cycle hubs and installing new service information screens and announcement systems in more than 160 stations.
The next South Eastern franchise (commencing in 2019) is expected to deliver more space for 40,000 extra passengers and Network Rail is investing £300m to enhance track power supplies and extend platforms, giving passengers more space. There will also be faster, more frequent services to London and key destinations in Kent throughout the day with additional peak services.
‘In Partnership for Britain’s Prosperity – South East London and Kent’ was launched during an event at Rochester attended by representatives from the region’s political, business and rail user communities, as well as employees from the industry. Industry leaders from Southeastern, Network Rail, High Speed 1, Arriva Rail London, the rail freight sector and the rail supply chain all gave their backing to the plan.
Robert Nisbet, Regional Director at the Rail Delivery Group says:
“The railway is crucial to the region’s economic prosperity connecting workers with jobs, goods with markets and friends and family to great days out. Delivered by working together, this plan will benefit not only the people who use the railway but communities, businesses and people who work on the railway across South East London and Kent.”
For more information visit www.britainrunsonrail.co.uk/selondonkent