Bexhill MP Greg Barker is cranking up the pressure on the Coalition Government to insist on a high speed rail link between the coast and the capital.
The MP for Bexhill and Rother handed his recommendations to the Department of Transport earlier this week ahead of next year’s decision on who to award a new rail franchise to.
The Conservative has joined forces with his Tory colleague in nearby Hastings, Amber Rudd, to call for an extension to the so called HS1 project which will see improvements in place between Ashford and London to include the line across the Romney Marsh to Bexhill, via Hastings.
He said: “High speed rail to London may seem improbably ambitious especially as it’s only a few years since we saved the direct London service from being cut by the last Labour government.
“However, the Coalition has a big ambition for rail services in the UK and my Conservative colleague in Hastings and I are determined to bring the high speed revolution to our part of Sussex.
“HS1 already extends to Ashford and Canterbury and the new Javelin service is proving extremely popular with tourists and commuters alike. Our aim is to see the extension of the HS1 high speed rail service into East Sussex linking coastal towns between Brighton and Ashford, including Bexhill, with London and into Europe. This will unlock the potential for greater investment in our area and create more opportunities for local people.”
In addition to HS1, Mr Barker is also working with local rail users groups to call for other improvements including a faster service between Bexhill and London Victoria and a flexible ticket for commuters to allow them to benefit from season ticket prices but without having to travel on consecutive days.