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: 



Local MPs, Amber Rudd and Huw Merriman, have welcomed the successful local campaign to provide a new Southern Railway timetable.

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.

Hastings Observer Column 10 November

Last week I invited Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to visit Ashford International to hear an update on my campaign to secure a high speed rail link between our communities and London St Pancras.

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

Hastings Observer Column 13 October

Last Friday I held my fourth Hastings Rail Summit to update constituents and local businesses on improvements to our rail network and what further enhancements are planned.


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.


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.