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September 4, 2016

UK announces new measures to improve Southern network services

The UK Government has announced new measures to help improve the performance of the Southern network and train services.

By Srivani Venna

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The UK Government has announced new measures to help improve the performance of the Southern network and train services.

Transport secretary Chris Grayling confirmed a £20m fund to address some of the shortcomings that affected the company’s ability to provide a better service to passengers.

Chris Gibb was appointed to head a new project board, working with the train operator, the UK Department for Transport and Network Rail.

The board will be responsible for the fund and work with GTR and Network Rail to improve performance for Southern customers.

Grayling said: “I want the Southern network to be run by a team of people who work together to make sure passengers get decent journeys and that problems are dealt with quickly.

“This review will suggest how we achieve a joined-up approach to running the train and tracks and make things work better for the public.”

“This review will suggest how we achieve a joined-up approach to running the train and tracks and make things work better for the public.”

The fund will be used to address problems on the line by placing rapid response teams on the franchise and accelerate the replacement of worn track.

Extra staff will be hired at key stations including East Croydon and Gatwick to make sure trains leave on time.

Out of the complete funding, £2m will be spent on rapid response teams, £2.5m on accelerated train maintenance, £0.8m in extra signal supervisors, and £0.9m in a series of measures to minimise the impact of bridge strikes.

Gibb said: “Committed railway people across the industry work hard round-the-clock to provide the best possible service to a growing number of passengers, during a time of much needed major investment.”


Image: The £20m fund will be used to tackle problems on the line. Photo: © Crown copyright.

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