Electrified rail line is fast track to success

ELECTRIFYING the rail lines between Hastings and Ashford is the best way of boosting the local economy and reducing journey times according to the county council.

The authority has designated the electrification and dual tracking of the line as its key priorities for improving rail infrastructure and services.

The council’s Rail Strategy and Action Plan, Shaping Rail In East Sussex, was drawn up after consultation with stakeholders. It outlines the authority’s vision for services in the county and will be used to try and influence future rail investment decisions taken by the rail industry and Government.

East Sussex County Councillor Rupert Simmons, lead member for economy, said: “Improving railway infrastructure in East Sussex will increase capacity, reduce journey times and enable access to jobs, education and training.

“All of this will contribute to the delivery of our key priority of supporting economic growth in the county. “

Councillor Simmons added: “Having a Rail Strategy and Action Plan will put us in a strong position to inform key rail industry documents and in seeking funding to progress these improvements.”