Southern Regions New Trains Programme (SRNTP)
The SRA is working in partnership with Network Rail, South West Trains, South Central Trains and South Eastern Trains to bring over 2,000 new train carriages into service in Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire. 1,000 new vehicles are now in service. This will allow the replacement of all remaining Mark 1 ’slam door’ trains, which are required to be off the network under the 1999 Railway Safety Regulations. Some of the new trains are already running, and our aim is to get all the new trains into service as quickly as possible.
To make this happen the industry is undertaking extensive upgrades of the electrical power supplies and depot facilities, and extending some platforms. This is a large and complex project requiring work at a significant number of railway sites across Southern England and has taken a great deal of planning. Work hasn’t been done on this scale for 40 years in the Southern Region. Our aim is for all new trains to be in service by mid-Spring 2005 at the latest, with remaining infrastructure works to be completed soon afterwards.
Wherever possible, work will be combined with other planned maintenance on the tracks. There will be some short-term localised disruptions but they will be kept to a minimum, with passengers informed of the details in good time. The works will be undertaken in phases and the first phase is due for completion by summer 2004.
Forthcoming works 2003/2004
- Brighton to London - Works taking place at a number of sites along the entire route
Portsmouth to London - Power supply and platform extension works taking place at various sites along the entire route
- London Suburban - Works to take place at a number of sites in the inner London area benefiting all train operating companies
- Sussex West Coastway - Works at Hove, Littlehampton and Brighton
- Alton Branch - Works are currently taking place at Wrecclesham, Farnham and Alton
Specific notices of disruption and information on alternative travel arrangements will be posted at local stations. In addition, Network Rail’s Power Supply Teams will give advance warning to residents who may be affected by works.