Plans for a third platform at Reigate and the restoration of a direct service to London Bridge have moved a step closer, with the start of a public consultation by Network Rail.
Reigate lost its direct link to London Bridge in May 2018, as the station’s platforms aren’t long enough for the new Thameslink trains which have a fixed 12-car formation.
A new Platform 3 at Reigate would allow Thameslink services to start and terminate at the station.
The consultation says the platform would be created by widening and extending the existing platform 2 and adding new track. Power supplies would also be improved.
Reigate does currently have a direct (Southern) London Victoria service, usually joining/splitting with other carriages at Redhill.
However, City commuters wanting London Bridge have to change at Redhill or East Croydon.
A draft timetable included in the consultation shows two Thameslink services from Reigate (calling at London Bridge) an hour, peak and off-peak, but Southern services to Victoria withdrawn.
The station would also continue to be served by GWR’s Reading-Gatwick route.
The station’s car park would be shifted eastwards and redesigned, with more spaces and new access arrangements on to Rushworth Road. Disabled parking bays would be available on both sides of the station.
The consultation say benefits of the plans would include:
- “Up to 12-car services to increase capacity”
- “Faster and more reliable services as trains from Reigate would no longer need to split and join at Redhill”
- “Direct Thameslink services from Reigate to London Bridge, St Pancras International and beyond”
- “A larger, improved car park, new access roads, and additional designated parking bays.”
- “New designated parking bays on the northern side of the station and easier access to the ticket office and to platform 1.”
- “In the longer term our plans to unblock the railway bottleneck at Croydon, provide the opportunity to significantly increase capacity and performance along the Brighton Main Line and its branch lines. The proposals for Reigate form an important part of these longer-term plans.”
Network Rail and operator GTR have been saying for several years that they want a third platform so that London Bridge services can use the station.
But actual delivery could still be a way off. A spokesperson for Network Rail told reigate.uk earlier this month: “Network Rail’s proposals to build a third platform at Reigate are still in development and are currently funded for design only.
“An outline business case for additional development funding is being prepared and will be submitted to the Department for Transport in the coming months.
“Feedback gathered on the Reigate proposals at our engagement events, will form an important input into this business case, and where there is support for the proposals, there may be a case to deliver this ahead of the other components of the our Brighton Main Line Upgrade proposals.”
The consultation runs until 6 April, with an initial week of information sessions scheduled:
- Monday 24 February, 6pm – 9pm, St Mary’s hall (across from the church), 13 Chart Lane, Reigate, RH2 7BW
- Tuesday 25 February, 4pm – 8pm, Three Central Ltd, 3 London Road, Redhill, RH1 1LY
- Wednesday 26 February, 4pm – 8pm, Reigate Community Centre, Room F3, 53 High Street, Reigate, RH2 9AE
- Thursday 27 February, 4pm – 8pm, Reigate Community Centre, Room F3, 53 High Street, Reigate, RH2 9AE
- Friday 28 February, 4pm – 8pm, Day Space Reigate, 57 Albert Road North, Reigate, RH2 9EF
- Saturday 29 February, 11am – 3pm, St Marks Church, Alma Road, Reigate, RH2 0DA
Ahead of the consultation, local rail users’ group RRDRUA said in a website post that it supported the plans but that even if the project goes ahead, the new platform “won’t likely appear for two or three years at the very earliest”.
Across the wider area, the consultation’s draft timetable shows four Thameslink and two Southern services an hour from Redhill, peak and off-peak.
Network Rail’s consultation can be found here.
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