Why should customers arrange their holidays to suit Network Rail?

There was a small eruption on 29-30 January when Southeastern announced that on August Bank Holiday and for four working days afterwards there will be no Southeastern trains at Charing Cross, London Bridge and Waterloo East – and said:

“If you’re planning a holiday, please consider these dates”

We’ve been investigating what’s happening, why it is happening in the days after the Bank Holiday rather than earlier in August, and how customers were consulted.

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Beyond 2024, providing additional capacity for Kent services is “far more challenging”

The delayed “Kent Area Route Study” by Network Rail has been published this week. Once again Network Rail have failed to suggest a coherent strategy for the long-term increase in capacity to meet rising passenger demand in Kent.

By 2024 the number of peak hour coaches needs to increase by 15%, which might be possible.  But by 2044 there is a need for 44% more coaches than now. The Study finds that “a strategy for providing additional capacity for Kent services is far more challenging”. Disappointingly there’s no coherent and systematic plan to overcome the multiple constraints and draw up the overall investment and capacity enhancement strategy needed over the next 25 years.

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