Latest Rail News

28.03.14

McLoughlin to join Rail Summit on Marshlink Line electrification

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has agreed to attend a Rail Summit in Hastings on Monday at which campaigners including Hastings MP Amber Rudd will press their case for the electrification of the Marshlink Line.

The line between Hastings and Ashford is electrified (third rail 750V DC) only as far as Ore, but campaigners, including Rudd, Railfuture and the St Leonards and Hastings Rail Improvement Programme, want to see this extended to Ashford International.

The campaign has received much support and East Sussex County Council made electrifying and redoubling Marshlink and the Uckfield line its top priorities in the final version of its Rail Strategy and Action Plan, as building blocks for extending Javelin services to Hastings and reinstating Uckfield-Lewes.

As part of the Rail Strategy and Action Plan, the campaigners have stated that the electrification between Ore and Ashford would enable a faster more reliable service with longer trains.

They have also stated that it should be scheduled and funded as an infill, to help maintain a rolling electrification programme between Control Periods 5 and 6. “This will provide the potential for through trains between Hastings and London, which will promote economic growth in Hastings,” the campaigners explained.

Additionally, there have been calls to remodel junctions at Ashford to allow Marshlink Line services to access HS1, to enable Javelin services between Hastings and London St Pancras. Railfuture added: “This will enable services between London (Stratford) and Hastings in 66 minutes, and Hastings – London St Pancras in under 75 minutes, which will attract more passengers and so provide the business case for electrification.”

(Image showing a Class 171 at Rye on the Marshlink Line courtesy Railfuture)

opinion@railtechnologymagazine.com

Comments

Brian   28/03/2014 at 17:33

An obvious candidate for electrification but why continue to mess with ground rail. Time to migrate to 25kV OHLE?

Gabriel Oaks   28/03/2014 at 17:59

Electrification across the Marsh would need to be AC as the Electricity at Works Regs would probably mean a DC scheme would not be viable or even permitted. Furthermore single track DC would be extremely costly let alone the potential difficulties in providing a 33kV supply. Electrifying the Marsh would open up the potential for Brighton to Ramsgate (etc) services. However, it could also open up questions about the economics of upgrading the route (including the track layout at Ashford) to enable a fast Javelin service to Hastings; even Bexhill. The economics here would require careful study but it might also reduce future pressure on the Hastings - Tonbridge line.

Findon   30/03/2014 at 19:33

The Network Rail presentation to the AGM of the MarshLink Action Group suggested that only the step-change of an integrated package of upgrades to the line, extending Javelins to Bexhill, has a business case. Only that offers the required catalyst for change to the economic fortunes of Hastings-Bexhill conurbation businesses and residents.

Add your comment

 

rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

Delays to Crossrail could ‘push HS2 off track’

16/10/2018Delays to Crossrail could ‘push HS2 off track’

Delays and cost overruns on the Crossrail project could have a significant impact on HS2, according to the Construction Products Association (CPA... more >
HS2 Phase 2 boss defends 12-month bill delay: ‘We actually proposed this ourselves’

16/10/2018HS2 Phase 2 boss defends 12-month bill delay: ‘We actually proposed this ourselves’

The outgoing boss of HS2 Phase 2b has defended the one-year setback in introducing legislation to Parliament, arguing that the move was “es... more >
Britain’s worst railway stations for delays and cancellations revealed

16/10/2018Britain’s worst railway stations for delays and cancellations revealed

The worst railway stations in the UK for late trains and cancellations have been revealed, with ten of the busiest seeing over half of all servic... more >

editor's comment

23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

rail industry focus

View all News

interviews

Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >
Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >
Thameslink: Nearing the end of the line

23/01/2018Thameslink: Nearing the end of the line

RTM’s Josh Mines catches up with Mark Somers, project director for Thameslink, on how the final stages of the programme are progressing and... more >

last word

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. ... more > more last word articles >

'the sleepers' daily blog

The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Eve... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

comment

Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >