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1999-12-01 RTK-001
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Railtrack looks to progress East London Line integration

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Railtrack plc

Railtrack looks to progress East London Line integration

1 December 1999
source Railtrack plc
type Press release

Following discussions with the Government, Railtrack today confirmed it would continue to talk to the Shadow Strategic Rail Authority (sSRA) on the best way to take forward the East London Line Integration Project to deliver a new north/south corridor through London.

At the same time Railtrack will defer any bid for the public private partnership (PPP) for maintenance and renewal of the sub-surface lines.

The decision whether to bid will be taken following a review of the pre-qualification documentation.

The East London integration project requires investment of approximately £500 million and involves linking LUL's current Whitechapel to New Cross infrastructure with Finsbury Park, Willesden Junction and routes south to Crystal Palace, West Croydon and Wimbledon.

It creates a vital rail artery north / south through London which creates both new journey opportunities and faster journeys.

Railtrack will talk with the sSRA on the proposal which involves construction of a new railway between Dalston and Bishopsgate, Peckham Rye and Surrey Quays and around New Cross.

A decision is anticipated in the early summer with a view to the infrastructure being finalised by 2006, subject to the necessary consents.

Key benefits of the scheme are:

- Easier access to the Underground network for more people in the north-east and south London.

- Significantly quicker trips to the City, Docklands and central London.

- Reduced traffic congestion on a number of roads,particularly the A10, A23 and A205 trunk roads.

- Relief to the crowded central London rail stations by providing the opportunity for new orbital journeys which avoid the central area.

'The integration of the East London Line offers an excellent opportunity to deliver real transport and social benefits.

It develops the national rail network in tandem with the underground and with Thameslink 2000 and Phase 2 of the CTRL both arriving at the same time it represents a pivotal year for rail in London and the UK' said Gerald Corbett Railtrack's Chief Executive.

The reason for the change in the PPP timetable reflects the difficulty of finalising the east-west integration proposals by the end of March 2000.

The east-west proposal involved running through trains from Heathrow to the City along the Circle Line and requires a pan-industry commitment to funding part of the necessary franchise investment needed to provide extra capacity outside Paddington.

Railtrack will play a full part in the sSRA study of all the capacity issues that affect the east-west integration options, as well as consider the long term implications of the new City proposals for CrossRail and alternatives for linking Heathrow with the other main line terminals in London.

'This approach allows more time for consultation with all the interested parties to develop a proper proposal for east- west that everyone can accept and reflect all the conflicting transport issues that surround serving Heathrow. We will press ahead with the discussions on the East London Line integration which is much more advanced in its planning' said Railtrack's Chief Executive Gerald Corbett 'and which all parties agree in principle should be implemented as soon as possible.

For more information or an interview, contact the Railtrack press office on 0171 557 8292/3 Railtrack has full ISDN broadcast facilities available.

Interviews can normally be arranged on request.

All recent press releases can be found on the Railtrack web site at the following address: http://www.


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