SHRIMP – St Leonards & Hastings Rail Improvement – was established with one overall aim; to improve the rail connectivity of Hastings and benefit from the regeneration that such connectivity brings.
To find the history see the article ‘A Potted History’ – which even now is out of date.
There are several facets to these envisaged improvements. Long term = bring HS1 services through Hastings direct from St Pancras; Medium term = engage with the next South Eastern franchise operator to get improved j/times and connectivity; Short term = major changes to the service pattern and timetables for the East Coastway (Ashford, Hastings, Eastbourne, Brighton) line.
As you may have gathered, the HS1 project has received a major boost through the funding of the research into necessitated track (etc) work at Ashford Int’l. This project now has cross-party support and is endorsed by all councils across the region.
We had a first set of meetings with the three approved SE bidders prior to the DfT publishing the franchise Invitation to Tender (ITT). Now that this has been released we are engaging with the bidders again to try to get the best deal for Hastings.
Over a period of several months SHRIMP, as part of a consortium of local Rail User Groups, have had a series of very constructive discussions with GTR’s Strategy/Timetabling team to get a much better service provision on East Coastway. The results are good; more services, more capacity, better connectivity, improved service pattern. We are extremely grateful to GTR for listening, understanding, and coming up with the goods, which become effective 20th May when, to use GTR’s phrase – EVERYTHING CHANGES. Full details will be available in late February.
If you want to get involved in any way, contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.