Network Rail is currently carrying on with one of the biggest investments for the improvement and infrastructure of the railways since the Victorian age. The plan consists of cutting back on expenses and providing better services to an increased number of passengers compared to in the past. However, strong decisiveness must be done in order to attain these goals.
Strategic business plan have been laid out by Network Rail for their routes for Kent and Sussex. These plans have been passed on to the Office of Rail Regulation and has presented several proposals that can aid in the economy of the whole country and also making the railways one of the most competitive in Europe.
Network Rail is planning on putting the funding towards the betterment of the routes and also to accommodate more passengers, plus a better capacity for the London railways. By collaborating with train operators on every route in London, they aim to get 20 percent of passengers added during the rush hour in the mornings.
They want to increase the seating capacity of the trains to 654,300 by the year 2019. As of late, they are aiming that by 2014, 539,300 seats, with 115,000 added in five years’ time, will be made available for passengers in the morning rush.
The infrastructure of the London and south east rails are deteriorating over time due to the increased number of trains that travel throughout the whole day. During April 2004, 45,653 runs were made by South Eastern, increasing to 51,358 by April 2012. During the same period of time, services by Capital Connect rose from 25,284 to 28,758, whilst with Southern, the runs increased from 46,844 to 59,750.
The business plans are expected to comprise the time frame from 2014 up to 2019 (also called as control period five of CP5). A funding plan has been plotted out with projects that have been conceived to refine and enhance the declining infrastructure whilst diminishing the costs of operating the rails.
The train passengers from the Kent and Sussex routes will be those that will be getting the advantages of the largest betterment projects that will ever be done for the British railways, and also the one with the largest funding during the control period five.
Six billion pounds will be expended out for the Thameslink Programme, which involves the re-augmentation of the London Bridge station, which is considered to be that most enterprising and demanding project of any station in Great Britain. This station will have a total overhaul and will continue to carry 50m passengers a year.