Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

RAIL CHIEFS TO EASE SQUEEZE; [Pounds Sterling]2.4bn to Tackle the Problem of Crowded Trains

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

RAIL CHIEFS TO EASE SQUEEZE; [Pounds Sterling]2.4bn to Tackle the Problem of Crowded Trains

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A SEAT FOR EVERY COMMUTER STANDARD CAMPAIGN HUGE improvements were pledged today for London's congested train services.

Network Rail unveiled 130 schemes to ease overcrowding in the capital and South-East. Work will begin within two years with a Network Rail spokesman promising: "These are schemes for which we have agreed funding and will go ahead." Brian Cooke of London TravelWatch said: "Hopefully, at long last, some relief may be in sight for long-suffering commuters." Key improvements will see works to allow longer 10 and 12 carriage trains on more lines. This marks a major victory for the Evening Standard's A Seat For Every Commuter campaign.

The Standard has campaigned for more funding so that commuter train operators can run longer trains and more frequent services.

Nine out of 10 of the most overcrowded routes in the country are in the South-East with Cambridge to Liverpool Street, Sutton to Luton and Victoria to London Bridge via Clapham Junction among the worst.

Some of the tracks serving London are so congested there is no more room to run extra services one of the issues being tackled by today's announcement.

As well as more train carriages, hundreds of station platforms will be lengthened, new ones added and new track laid, coupled with major re-signalling work. The schemes are the centrepiece of a [pounds sterling]2.4 billion investment programme.

John Armitt, Network Rail chief executive, said: "Three million people use the railways each day, more than any time in the past 60 years, and we're not standing still waiting for the big infrastructure projects to be delivered. We are doing something about it now by moving forward with hundreds of small schemes dotted around the country that will add capacity and ease overcrowding." Mr Armitt said, for the first time on record, that more than [pounds sterling]1billion a year would be spent on expanding and improving the railways. The work announced today includes:

New plat form at King's Cross (GNER/Silverlink, cost [pounds sterling]15 million).

Replacing all the worn overhead power cables which cause problems virtually every day between Liverpool Street station and Chelmsford (One Railway, cost [pounds sterling]50 million). …

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