Network Rail are currently running a public consultation on their long term strategic planning process for services on the South West mainline over the next 30 years, covering services from London Waterloo to Surrey, Berkshire, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon and Dorset . Passenger numbers and freight are expected to continue to grow rapidly therefore the study is looking to address the need to provide sufficient capacity in the peak periods, specifically to and from London. The study proposes some urgent options and recommendations for control period 6 (2019-2024) as well as looking ahead to the longer term to 2043.
Network Rail are welcoming comments on the study document. It is lengthy and the deadline for responses is Wednesday 18th February 2015. Comments will need to be sent to either of the following addresses:
Post: Wessex Route Study Consultation, Strategic Planner, Network Rail, The Cottons Centre, Cottons Lane, London, SE1 2QG