Wednesday 24 Mar 2004


Region & Route:
| Southern: Wessex
| Southern
- A CLEAR PLAN FOR A BETTER RAILWAY – On 31 March 2004, Network Rail will publish its 10 year business plan for the Wessex area which will be the first ‘real’ plan based on a fixed and certain level of income and sets out a blue print for improving performance and reducing costs through a huge programme of action and activity. The document will detail unprecedented investment and clear plans for improving the railway across Hampshire and Surrey and parts of Berkshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Somerset and South London and is the first ‘concrete’ plan since March 2000. You are cordially invited to join Network Rail’s Regional Director, Robin Gisby for an embargoed press briefing on the day before the publication of the report:- Where:          Room 1, Network Rail, Downside Goods Yard, Off Guildford Road, Woking. See map attached. When:            Tuesday 30 March at 14.45 (for 1500 start and refreshments) Who:              Robin Gisby, Regional Director What:             Briefing on the future plans for the Wessex rail network, opportunity for questions and interview opportunity. Please see attached map for details of the Wessex area. If you wish to attend please contact Donna Casey in the Network Rail Press Office on 020 7922 4747 or by email to

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