LOCAL MP AMBER RUDD PRESSED FORWARD FOR FASTER AND MORE RELIABLE RAIL SERVICES FOR RESIDENTS as she convened the high speed rail working group in Parliament. 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.
Amber opened the meeting discussing the progress which has been made over the past year in developing faster and more reliable services to Hastings and between coastal towns. She then passed over to Andrew Wood, Senior Commercial Scheme Sponsor at Network Rail, to explain the outcome of the feasibility study jointly funded by East Sussex County Council and the Department for Transport.
“Whilst there have been improvements, I am aware that there is still more to be done and I will continue to work hard to ensure that steps are taken to address this.
“Getting better commuter services for residents is one of my top priorities. The fact that so many local stakeholders took the time to join me in Westminster today to hear Network Rail’s plans shows the depth of feeling on this matter.
“I’ll continue to make the case to Network Rail that we must deliver our target of Hastings to London in 66 minutes.
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Amber is pictured with representatives from Network Rail, Hastings Borough Council, East Sussex County Council, Transport for the South East and local rail user groups.