Monday 9 Jun 2003


Region & Route:
| Southern
Network Rail is to mark the completion of a major multi million pound engineering rail project at Shortlands Junction, near Bromley, which will bring significant improvements to train services through Kent.  Jacqui Lait, MP for Beckenham, local dignitaries and members of the local community will join Network Rail to celebrate its completion with the planting of a tree.  When?             6.00 p.m.  Thursday 12 June 2003. Where?           Shortlands Junction, Kent.                         Directions attached.  What?             There will be a tour of the site with photo opportunities. Robin Gisby, Regional Director, Network Rail will give a short speech and Jacqui Lait, Member of Parliament for Beckenham will plant a tree on behalf of the local community. Please contact the Network Rail press office to confirm attendance on 020 7922 4747 or email:

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