Improvements being made in my area
- Major improvements at London Waterloo will mean more trains and space at the station by 2019. Platform extensions will mean longer, 10-car trains and the reopening of the former Eurostar platforms.
- The new Elizabeth Line will boost London's rail capacity by ten per cent when it opens in 2018. Elizabeth Line passengers will benefit from new electric trains with 66 nine-car trains.
- Passengers on the electrified Gospel Oak to Barking route will see new trains double capacity and ease congestion from 2018.
- South West Trains passengers will benefit from improved services including new trains, 57,000 extra seats and some services stopping at more stations.
- Across Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern nearly 1,400 new electric carriages will provide 50 per cent more trains and 10,000 extra morning peak seats every weekday into central London by the end of 2018.
- South West Trains has invested £65million in 108 extra and refurbished carriages providing space for more than 23,000 more passengers.
- Great Western Railway (GWR) passengers travelling in London and the Thames Valley will benefit from a fleet of 45 new trains. The first two will run from Autumn 2016 and provide an extra 1,400 seats daily at the busiest times.
- Passengers travelling on the new London and Oxford line are benefiting from extra services and refurbished trains (nine, two carriage trains totalling over 1,100 seats).
- Chiltern Railways and Network Rail have worked together to lengthen platforms at five key stations to allow for longer trains to keep up with growing capacity.
A better experience
- Many rail companies are improving passenger information using new technology. The public will increasingly benefit from comprehensive real-time information.
- Across the south-east, many passengers are benefitting from improvements including better information, new ticket machines, extra staff at stations and refreshed interiors and better accessibility on many trains. New trains on some routes will bring more seats, free WiFi, air conditioning and wider doors for easier boarding.
Faster, more frequent and reliable journeys
- The Thameslink programme is transforming north - south travel through London. When complete in 2018, it will mean more trains, faster journeys and better links – including a new service through the heart of London with Tube-like frequency of up to 18 trains an hour.
- Following a £130 million investment by Chiltern Railways, the £320million Oxford to London Marylebone service opened in October 2015, the first new line in more than 100 years between a major British city and the capital. It also includes a new station at Bicester Village.
- Passengers will enjoy a more reliable and punctual service following an upgrade to signals in the Banbury area.
- London Bridge – the fourth busiest station in Britain – is being transformed to give passengers a bigger, brighter concourse and new platforms for more trains. The new station will increase passenger capacity by 65%.
- Cycling enthusiasts are benefiting from investment in cycle-rail facilities. For instance:
- Chiltern Railways is upgrading cycle parking
- South West Trains is investing £3.8million to improve cycle facilities: eight new cycle hubs and 1,400 extra car parking spaces are being introduced at the busiest stations.
- Improved facilities at many small and medium sized stations – for example:
- Haddenham and Thame Parkway station was rebuilt in 2014 to provide a bigger ticket office and new facilities. As a result, passenger numbers have seen a 14 per cent increase.
- A £10m improvement programme at Banbury station resulted in a new 700-space car park, helping more commuters to swap the M40 for the train.
- High Wycombe station is undergoing £4 million worth of improvement works which will result in lengthened platforms and a footbridge.
- Chiltern Railways have opened a new station at Bicester Village.
- A new station opened in Rochester earlier this year and work has begun on a new station at Strood.
- £50 million investment is planned by GWR with partners to improve stations, including 2,000 new car park spaces across the Great Western network, customer information improvements and improved PA systems.
- London Paddington station is being transformed through a multimillion pound investment. The Grade 1 listed building will be restored, including the refurbishment of its historic retail and dining hub. Passengers will also enjoy a modernised station: more platforms, better accessibility, spacious pedestrian areas, bicycle parking and more seating.
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