Network Rail is to carry out more design work on a new, longer, platform at Reigate, but it’s likely that any implementation remains years away.
An additional platform is needed at the station because, without it, the new fixed-formation Thameslink trains can’t fit in to the layout.
The problem means that Reigate is set to lose its direct London Bridge service from May 2018, requiring many commuters to change at Redhill. According to the draft timetable published by Govia Thameslink, Reigate will have a direct Victoria service (including in the peak). The station will also continue to be served by GWR’s east-west trains.
When asked about the project for a new platform, a Network Rail spokesperson said last week:
“The proposals are for an additional platform at Reigate to accommodate 240m long Thameslink services, together with associated power supply upgrade works between Redhill and Reigate.
This would enable a Reigate to Thameslink services to operate and improve performance / reduce journey times through less need for splitting/joining/terminating at Redhill.
Some design work took place in 2016 and we are currently working up options to allow design work to recommence in 2018.”
But the spokesperson echoed previous caution about when the project might be realised:
“Even if funded, it is very unlikely that any implementation work on the scheme would commence before 2020.”
The (Conservative) MP for Reigate, Crispin Blunt, welcomed news of the design work, which he heard at last week’s AGM of the All Parliamentary Group on Southern Rail. He said:
“This is only the first stage of the process and will identify funding and construction challenges, but I remain convinced that there is an overwhelming business case for [the platform].
This work will provide the data on which to advance the case.”
Edited 0848 12 Sep 2017