Since I was elected in 2010 I have made it a priority to improve our area’s rail links. This is key to boosting the local economy and attracting jobs and investment.
Currently it takes far too long to travel along the coast and to make journeys to London. To change this I have been campaigning for improvements to the Marsh Link and for high speed services from London to Hastings, Rye and onto Bexhill.
Every year I hold a transport summit where government ministers and industry leaders present on service improvements, and they hear from the local community on where more can be done.
In addition, I have convened a High Speed Rail Working Group which meets regularly in Westminster. The group is made up of local MPs, council leaders, the Local Enterprise Partnership and business and development leaders with the aim of speaking with a clear and unified voice to make the case for High Speed Rail to Network Rail and the Government.
A draft study of the South East’s rail requirements has been published alongside a consultation on what the next Southeastern franchise should deliver. Both documents contain options for High Speed Rail, and they can be read below.
Decisions on investment will be made over the next couple of years with work to start on the chosen projects soon after. I am focused on ensuring that the case for investment in our project is as strong as possible.
This campaign is always high on my agenda and I am working with colleagues in Parliament, government and local leaders to make sure Hastings and Rye will enjoy the benefits of quick, efficient and modern rail services.
Southeastern Franchise: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/future-of-south-eastern-rail-services