Sunday, 4 November 2007

KENT RAIL COMMUTERS TO WAIT OVER A DECADE FOR IMPROVEMENTS

NEWS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
4th November 2007 - 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, TN9 1XF - www.kentgreenparty.org.uk
01732 355185 or 0845 257 4236 or mobile: 07747 014487

Dr Hazel Dawe, Chair of Kent Green Party, has noted that the Government’s new Transport discussion paper(1) proposes very long delays before improvements in the railways. Commuters are expected to wait very long periods for new carriages and improved rail infrastructure. She notes:“Crossrail, which will improve commuter access to the City which is critical for many Kent commuters, will not be completed before 2017.

Thameslink, another major rail project was originally to be completed in 2000, to improve capacity at overcrowded London Bridge in particular. This scheme will not now be completed until 2015.
“These lengthy processes, which should have been authorised much earlier, are coupled with a promise of more than 1000 extra carriages which may also take up to a decade to deliver: carriages which are desperately needed now to tackle “standing room only” trains in the rush hour in West Kent. Rising rail use and insufficient seats in rush hours means Kent rail commuters face a working decade of ever more unpleasant rail journey experiences. Given climate change, and the imminent peaking of global oil supplies, Government investment in public transport alternatives to the private car should have occurred years ago.”

FURTHER INFORMATION: Dr Hazel Dawe is Chair of Kent Green Party and a rail commuter to her University in London. Telephone numbers for contact: 07747 014487 or 01732 355185 or 0845 257 4236. Contact address as above. Dr Dawe participates in the non-party Tonbridge line commuters association.

Notes:
1. Towards a Sustainable Transport System: supporting economic growth in a low carbon world – Department for Transport, October 2007.

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