£1.2 billion to be invested in south's rail network

£1.2 billion to be invested in south's rail network

£1.2 billion to be invested in south's rail network

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RAIL passengers will see more than £1.2 billion invested in the network connecting London Waterloo and the South West over the next five years.

With a 50 per cent increase in passengers in the last decade South West Trains and Network Rail Alliance said the cash is part of an investment programme running from now until 2019.

Commuters to the capital will see the greatest benefit with more than 100 new carriages in place by the end of 2014, providing space for an extra 23,000 peak-time passengers every day.

It is part of a wider programme to deliver an extra 115,000 seats a day into the capital by 2019 - an increase of 20 per cent.

South West Trains and Network Rail Alliance managing director Tim Shoveller said there will also be other improvements at Winchester and Brockenhurst stations providing disabled access.

Further details are to come but initial announcements suggest that work will also be done to provide more cycle facilities at stations across the network.

He said: “Passengers are already benefiting from one of the most sustained periods of investment in the railway since Victorian times.

“This is not just about big numbers. It's about practical changes to help improve customers' travel experience for the long-term.

“Our main focus has been on creating more space for the growing numbers of people using our trains and delivering a system which is more robust.

“Even during the economic downturn, rush-hour passenger numbers have grown by 20%, putting a strain in key locations on existing trains, track and signalling.”

He added: “A significant focus of the next five years will be on our hub at London Waterloo and in the Greater London area.

“But we are working to improve services right across our network - in Berkshire, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset, Surrey and Wiltshire - for both commuters and leisure travellers.”

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4:47pm Mon 31 Mar 14

muscliffman says...

Would it not be nice to read that these improvements included restoring some of the local branch lines axed by Beeching in the 1960's, not least because several of these former links would now be of 'main line' value to the area.
Would it not be nice to read that these improvements included restoring some of the local branch lines axed by Beeching in the 1960's, not least because several of these former links would now be of 'main line' value to the area. muscliffman
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5:44pm Mon 31 Mar 14

JackJohnson says...

It's probably too late to restore many of the closed lines because so much has been sold and converted to something else (e.g. Sturminster Newton station - now gone, sold to developers and built on).
It's probably too late to restore many of the closed lines because so much has been sold and converted to something else (e.g. Sturminster Newton station - now gone, sold to developers and built on). JackJohnson
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9:13pm Mon 31 Mar 14

cromwell9 says...

Great news,with more people using the rail network,Its obvious the system laid down over 150 yrs ago by the Victorians ,cannot cope with the demands of the 21st Century.
When are we going to get the promised Rail and Bus Hub built in Poole,The current Rail station is a disgrace ,The toilets are disgusting as well,
I understand SW Trains are unable to put on more carrages from Weymouth to BMTH,because they dont have sufficent power,between Weymouth and Dorchester.
The track between Morden and Dorchester also needs to be doubled ,for obvious reasons.
Having said that I think SWT are providing a very good service ,Much better than the old BR,.
Network Rail I think are over staffed,Every time I observe them on a job,they always seem to be people standing around doing very little,
I would give them 6 out of 10.
Great news,with more people using the rail network,Its obvious the system laid down over 150 yrs ago by the Victorians ,cannot cope with the demands of the 21st Century. When are we going to get the promised Rail and Bus Hub built in Poole,The current Rail station is a disgrace ,The toilets are disgusting as well, I understand SW Trains are unable to put on more carrages from Weymouth to BMTH,because they dont have sufficent power,between Weymouth and Dorchester. The track between Morden and Dorchester also needs to be doubled ,for obvious reasons. Having said that I think SWT are providing a very good service ,Much better than the old BR,. Network Rail I think are over staffed,Every time I observe them on a job,they always seem to be people standing around doing very little, I would give them 6 out of 10. cromwell9
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9:22pm Mon 31 Mar 14

rotcoddam says...

Wonderfull but will they fullfill their statutory duty to provide disabled access to stations. Pokesdown, one of the busiest local stations has been a don,t want your custom if you are disabled, or a mother with a pram or somebody with shopping for thirty years.
Wonderfull but will they fullfill their statutory duty to provide disabled access to stations. Pokesdown, one of the busiest local stations has been a don,t want your custom if you are disabled, or a mother with a pram or somebody with shopping for thirty years. rotcoddam
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10:02pm Mon 31 Mar 14

PokesdownMark says...

Hold on a mo.....

an extra 23,000 peak-time passengers every day

What does that mean in terms of individual train journeys? Why not just say how many additional coaches will run at peak time? I know weasel words when I see them!
Hold on a mo..... an extra 23,000 peak-time passengers every day What does that mean in terms of individual train journeys? Why not just say how many additional coaches will run at peak time? I know weasel words when I see them! PokesdownMark
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8:37am Tue 1 Apr 14

mark.s says...

More money to disappear into the black hole then, and an excuse to hike prices up more. I'm personally very skeptical about what benefit we will actually feel or see. Call my cynical.
More money to disappear into the black hole then, and an excuse to hike prices up more. I'm personally very skeptical about what benefit we will actually feel or see. Call my cynical. mark.s
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