The rail operator Southeastern has welcomed Network Rail's plans for the next five years. The firm said that the proposals submitted to the Office of Rail Regulation for Kent would help drive the regional and national economy; and help make Britain’s railway one of the most efficient in Europe.
“We welcome the investment and improvement works set out today by Network Rail. We’re working in an alliance to improve rail services in Kent and south east London and this strategic plan builds on the large amount of work that has been completed and currently underway.
“Since Southeastern commenced running the rail franchise we have increased the number of services and improved punctuality on this part of the network to the best ever performance. We’re now seeing over 91.8 percent of trains arriving on time, calling at all stations. We’re not complacent, and know that there is more work to do and this investment will enable us to further improve reliability and meet the growing demand for our rail services.”