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Good news for commuters in Maidstone from Network Rail

Tuesday 13th February 2018

NETWORK Rail investment over the next five years will help improve train reliability.

That’s the promise from the rail company, which today unveiled details of a £3.5bn spend on its congested rail tracks in the South East - the busiest and most economically vital part of the UK network, bracing itself for an 11% increase in trains by 2024.

The Strategic Business Plan (SBP) sets aside cash to replace signalling systems at stations including London Victoria; roll out digital traffic management systems to provide controllers with a way to predict and avert delays; refurbish 650km of track, replace 754 sets of points and carry out vital earthwork projects.

Network Rail says the expenditure specifically targets areas that will have the biggest impact on train reliability and passengers and will be in addition to major enhancement projects that are considered on a case-by-case basis.

John Halsall, Network Rail’s South East route managing director, said: “This five-year plan represents a significant railway investment for passengers in the South East, to give them the service they expect and deserve – a more frequent, more reliable train service, supported by digital technology, on a network that is even safer for our workforce, passengers and the wider public.”

The draft SBP is being considered by the Office of Rail and Road, with a final version expected to be out by the end of March 2019.