Increase to London commuters train capacity part of £38bn rail plans

Chelmsford Weekly News: Increase to London commuters train capacity part of £38bn rail plans Increase to London commuters train capacity part of £38bn rail plans

CAPACITY on trains used by London-bound commuters will be increased by 20 per cent as part of £38billion plans.

On Monday morning Network Rail unveiled a five year plan to make improvements in rail infrastructure around the UK.

Included in the plans is a move to up capacity for passengers travelling into London including on the Greater Anglia line by 20 per cent during peak hours.

Commuters in Chelmsford welcomed the increase but believe it will not make a massive long term difference.

Ian Mascot, 48, who commutes from Chelmsford to Liverpool Street, said: “Upping capacity is a start, but I think trains will still be over crowded during rush hour times eventually.

“Fares are still too high for the service we receive and that is where lots of people feel changes should be made.”

Also mentioned in the investment plans are the electrifying of 850 miles of train track, major station upgrades and up to 700 more trains between northern cities.

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the record amounts of money being ploughed into the railways will benefit the whole nation.

Mr McLoughlin said: “A key part of this Government's long-term economic plan is investing in world-class infrastructure.

“That is why we are putting record amounts of Government funding into our railways over the next five years.

"That investment will generate growth, create jobs and boost business while delivering faster journeys, greater comfort and better punctuality for passengers across the UK."

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10:21am Tue 1 Apr 14

keith_l says...

I wonder how much of this additional capacity is a new announcement.

Crossrail is coming, and as a result will increase capacity from Shenfield into London, which will use the greater Anglia lines as far as Stratford.

I don't see how they can increase passenger capacity that much, because the line already runs at capacity in terms of the number of trains, most trains are already at maximum 12 carriage length (extending platforms to allow 16s would be a huge investment much more than the Anglia Line's share of the £38bn reported), and newer and refurbished carriages have less seats than the current older rolling stock.
I wonder how much of this additional capacity is a new announcement. Crossrail is coming, and as a result will increase capacity from Shenfield into London, which will use the greater Anglia lines as far as Stratford. I don't see how they can increase passenger capacity that much, because the line already runs at capacity in terms of the number of trains, most trains are already at maximum 12 carriage length (extending platforms to allow 16s would be a huge investment much more than the Anglia Line's share of the £38bn reported), and newer and refurbished carriages have less seats than the current older rolling stock. keith_l
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