Wednesday 18 Apr 2007
RAIL INDUSTRY SETS OUT 10 YEAR STRATEGY TO MEET HUGE PASSENGER GROWTH IN EAST LONDON AND ANGLIA
- Region & Route:
Network Rail on behalf of the rail industry(1) today set out a draft strategy to deliver a rail network able to manage the rapid expansion of the Anglia region and rail usage over the next 10 years.
By 2016 the number of peak passenger journeys in the Greater Anglia region are projected to grow by 17 per cent(2). Already, 120 million passengers each year use Liverpool St Station making it Britain's busiest station - twice as busy as Heathrow airport. The consultation document - the Greater Anglia Route Utilisation Strategy (RUS) - illustrates the forecasted growth in population, employment and housing, and subsequently estimates rail usage over the next 10 years setting out a series of options that could be adopted by the industry to help meet this demand. Suggested options include longer platforms and trains, additional tracks, improved facilities at stations and improved freight capacity.
The RUS consultation lasts 12 weeks and following consideration of any comments, will be finalised and delivered to the Office of Rail Regulation in autumn 2007.
Network Rail Anglia Route Director Patrick Hallgate said: "A massive 120 million passengers use Liverpool St Station every year and with huge predicted growth in the Anglia region it's imperative that we plan effectively to deliver a network that can respond to this increased demand for rail.
"The entire rail industry has worked together to assess the situation and work out a range of options on how best to meet this demand with improved infrastructure and passenger services. We look forward to hearing stakeholder views and to finalising a common view on the way forward for rail in this area over the next 10 years."
Options to address peak capacity and access to Stratford/Docklands:
- lengthen platforms on the Tilbury Loop and Ockenden branch to allow longer trains for peak services
- extend Platform 10a at Stratford Station so that more or all Great Eastern outer services can call at Stratford
- lengthen peak services between Cambridge/Stansted Airport and Liverpool Street to 12-car
- building additional track in the Lea Valley area (Tottenham Hale-Broxbourne) to enable additional services to Hertford East, Cambridge, Stansted and Stratford to operate in the peak.
- running additional Great Eastern outer services from Colchester Town and Chelmsford, and from Gidea Park on the Great Eastern inner service in the high peak.
Options to increase freight capacity include:
- increase freight gauge and capacity on the Felixstowe -Nuneaton route
- removing speed restrictions on the cross country route from Ipswich to Peterborough route
Options to address passenger access to the network
- improved car parks at key stations
- making more stations not currently covered by DfT’s ‘Access for All’ programme DDA compliant
- improved interchange at key London Underground stations including Seven Sisters, Tottenham Hale, Stratford and West Ham
The RUS also includes options to address power supply issues, berthing capacity, improving the efficiency of engineering access and performance.
Notes to editors1) The RUS process involves Network Rail, train operating companies, freight operating companies, DfT, TfL, BAA, Association of Train Operating Companies, the Office of Rail Regulation, Passenger Focus and London Travel Watch.
2) Source: PSAM outputs, Atkins - a rail demand model developed by DfT
3) Additional Statistics:
Currently over 100,000 arrive at Liverpool Street and Fenchurch St stations from the Greater Anglia region during the peak hours of 0700-1000.
Projected growth in housing from 2001-2021 means an extra 448,900 houses in the region (source: Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government)
Projected job growth 2001-2021 will see an extra 402,000 jobs in the Anglia region (excl London) (source: plan totals published by Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Dec 2006)
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