General Election and MarshLink Railway

In the next Parliament, Hastings & Rother Rail Users’ Alliance (“HRRUA”)* wants to see our two MPs working together to achieve improvements to the region’s three rail services:

  1.  East Coastway (for Brighton, Gatwick Airport, Victoria)
  2.  MarshLink (for Ashford International)
  3.  Hastings line (for Charing Cross/Cannon Street via Tunbridge Wells).

to benefit passengers and therefore benefit the local economy through better connectivity.

• rail services which

– are punctual (an always-on-time railway)

– are reliable (modern trains which complete their journeys)

– have adequate capacity to meet ever-rising demand

– quickly and reliably inform of any disruption

• Sunday services at the same level as Saturday services – the region’s economy is heavily dependent on tourism throughout the year

• step-free access to our stations and between platforms – a supplementary DfT Access for All fund, of £200 million for 50 more stations nation-wide, would complement what has now been fully committed to stations outside our region

• the completion of construction of a MarshLink / HS1 connection at Ashford Station, and a MarshLink infrastructure programme designed and costed to improve line speed and ultimately permit two trains per hour operation on the MarshLink.

At the same time, there must be no reduction in services (eg Ore-Cannon Street) within the current or future franchises.

*Hastings & Rother Rail Users Alliance (HRRUA) comprises 5 rail-user groups representing the area between Normans Bay, Bexhill, Hastings/Ore, Three Oaks/Winchelsea, and Rye.


Stuart Harland (Chair, MarshLink Action Group)
Trevor Davies (Ore Transport Group)
Yolanda Laybourne (Acting Chair, Bexhill Rail Action Group)

November, 2019