The Government has confirmed that it will go ahead with a £300 million overhaul of tracks used by Southern Rail.
I have been calling for this major investment for months and I am delighted that the Government has confirmed this measure will go ahead.
Around half of the delays caused to Southern Rail are a result of track and signal problems. This investment will leave Southern with no excuse for future delays.
The £300 million will mean:
- brand new track and signalling equipment
- improved security to prevent trespassers on the track
- better drainage to prevent water damage
- vital improvements to embankments and plant overgrowth
This is a long term overhaul with a policy of pro-active maintenance to minimise disruption to passengers.
You can read the letter from the Rail Minister in full here.
I am continuing to campaign for the Government to do more in its changes to the Southern Rail service – including stripping GTR of the franchise – however this £300 million investment is an important win for commuters.