18 JUL 2017

Southeastern rail franchise consultation

Twelve South East MPs unite 

Conservative MPs across Kent have drawn on strength in numbers to send a robust message to the Government regarding the current Southeastern rail franchise consultation.

In a detailed six page letter to rail Minister Paul Maynard twelve local MPs have set out a list of demands covering all aspects of the franchise consultation, reflecting the huge level of concerns voiced by thousands of constituents in recent months.

Maidstone and The Weald MP Helen Grant, a longstanding campaigner for better commuter rail services, was one of the signatories. She said 'Together, several Kent MPs have compiled a comprehensive document for consideration by Government in its deliberations over the forthcoming franchise bid for the county. It covers not only the train operators, but also issues for Network Rail to address and extends to a demand for Crossrail to be extended to Ebbsfleet, a major strategic step for Kent and for Maidstone in particular, as a link to its existing high speed service from Maidstone West. Together with my Kent colleagues I will be monitoring this franchise process very carefully.'

The Kent MPs' letter can be viewed here.

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