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:

Southeastern Franchise: 



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.


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.

Rail Services E-Newsletter

Our area needs fast and reliable rail services to supercharge its regeneration and open up greater opportunities for local people.

Amber tracks progress of community rail partnership

Amber Rudd, MP for Hastings and Rye, attended the Annual General Meeting of Marshlink Community Rail Partnership (CRP) last Friday in Rye town hall, and was joined by Kevin Barry, who works for Sussex Community Rail Partnership as the Marshlink line’s development officer; Andy Harrowell, Communit

Investing in our infrastructure - E-Newsletter

Investment in national infrastructure will help to build a global, outward looking Britain delivering economic benefits across the country. Locally, improving our transport links remains a key objective for me and one which will boost growth in our area.

Transport Summit shows the way forward

Today, Friday 18 March, Hastings and Rye MP Amber Rudd held her third annual transport summit which set out improvements that local residents can look forward to across both the local rail and local road networks.