MP welcomes multi-million pound improvement to rail services from Radlett

Oliver Dowden at Radlett Station.

Oliver Dowden at Radlett Station. - Credit: Archant

Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden has welcomed a £300 million investment to make train services from St Albans and Radlett into London more reliable.

Oliver Dowden's meeting with Transport Secretary Chris Grayling.

Oliver Dowden's meeting with Transport Secretary Chris Grayling. - Credit: Archant

After Mr Dowden lobbied Transport Secretary Chris Grayling for improvements to the Thameslink service in December, the Department for Transport (DfT) has committed to using the money to make the network more efficient.

Mr Grayling confirmed that the money will “improve resilience” across the network and will help to improve reliability of areas known to cause delays.

Rather than going to Govia Thameslink, the money will go straight to Network Rail, which is responsible for rail infrastructure.

Mr Dowden said: “This is important progress in my ongoing campaign to bring about a better service for passengers between Radlett and Elstree and Borehamwood and London.

“I travel on the line every day and know the service falls far short of expectation. Passengers write to me daily to share their experiences of horrendous commutes.

“I am glad the Transport Secretary recognised that the service has not been good enough and am delighted with this investment to improve reliability on the line, which is of paramount importance to commuters who just want to get to and from work on time.”

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Last year, Mr Dowden hosted a public meeting for commuters to air their concerns with Govia Thameslink and Network Rail, and will announce in the coming weeks the date for a second meeting to hear about the progress which has been made.