Improving Transport

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.

 

 

Kent Route Study: https://www.networkrail.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Kent-Route-Study-Draft-for-Consultation.pdf

Southeastern Franchise: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/future-of-south-eastern-rail-services 

News

Faster Journeys for Local Passengers

The Department for Transport has today (Wednesday 29 November) published the Invitation To Tender (ITT) for the next South Eastern Franchise.

Commitment Made Towards High Speed

During a Friday 3 November visit to Ashford International organised by Hastings and Rye MP Amber Rudd, Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport, committed to supporting the development of a proposed track layout at Ashford International which would allow trains from Hastings, Rye, Bexhill

SUMMIT SIGNALS PROGRESS TOWARDS HIGH SPEED

On Friday 6 October Amber Rudd MP’s fourth Hastings Rail Summit set out a clear plan to deliver high speed journey times between London St Pancras and Rye, Hastings and Bexhill.

MPs RESPOND TO SOUTH EASTERN CONSULTATION

Amber Rudd, Member of Parliament for Hastings and Rye, and Huw Merriman, Member of Parliament for Bexhill and Battle, have submitted their joint response to the South Eastern Franchise Public Consultation.

Local MPs Welcome Southern Performance Improvement

Members of Parliament Amber Rudd and Huw Merriman have today welcomed an upturn in Southern Rail’s reliability and punctuality which is now at its highest level in almost two years.

AMBER RUDD JOINS ROADS MINISTER ON VISIT TO QUEENSWAY GATEWAY

On Saturday 25 March Amber Rudd, Member of Parliament for Hastings and Rye, and Andrew Jones MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, were welcomed to the Queensway Gateway construction site by East Sussex County Council Leader, Cllr Keith Glazier.

MPs WELCOME CONSULTATION ON HIGH SPEED RAIL

Amber Rudd, Member of Parliament for Hastings and Rye, and Huw Merriman, Member of Parliament for Bexhill and Battle, have welcomed the publication of the Department for Transport’s public consultation on the next South Eastern rail franchise.

MPs Express Regret Following Collapse of Southern Deal

Local MPs, Amber Rudd and Huw Merriman, have spoken of their regret following the decision by train drivers on Southern to reject a settlement which would have ended the long running industrial dispute.

HIGH SPEED RAIL CAMPAIGN FOR BEXHILL, HASTINGS AND RYE GATHERS PACE

At the third meeting of the High Speed Rail Working Group, Amber Rudd MP and Huw Merriman MP heard how Network Rail will present options in the New Year to reduce journey times between London St Pancras and Rye, Hastings and Bexhill by nearly 40 minutes.