Sevenoaks District Draft Local Plan Consultation July 2018

Document Section Draft Local Plan July 2018 Ensuring Well-Connected Communities are Supported by Appropriate Infrastructure Viability Policy 7 - Transport & Infrastructure [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID DLPP1019
Respondent Network Rail (Steve Austin ID-4725) [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 26 Sep 2018
Current Status Accepted
Response Type OBSERVATIONS
Comment

Edenbridge
There are over 1000 units proposed around Edenbridge, which has 2 local stations. NR estimate that around 9% of the working population would commute to Central London.
Edenbridge is on the Tonbridge-Redhill line, which is operated by GTR. There are 2 tph in peak hours, which currently operate as a shuttle service. Passengers for London change at either Redhill or Tonbridge. There is just 1 tph in the off peak.
Edenbridge Town is on the Uckfield to London Bridge line, also operated by GTR. There are 2 trains per hour in the peak hours and 1 train per hour in the off peak periods, direct to London Bridge. Network Rail has completed platform lengthening to enable 10 car class 171 diesel trains to operate on the route.
Network Rail is working on the Outline Business Case for the upgrade of the Brighton Main Line, which on completion of works, expected in the late 2020s, would provide more capacity through East Croydon and therefore benefits to the Edenbridge area. More on train capacity may be required before then, to meet demand from East Croydon inwards.
The ORR station usage statistics are complicated by grouping & change in
methodology. Any station pinch points will need to be examined should the station usage increase.
Swanley
There are between 4000 & 5000 units proposed around Swanley. NR estimate
that around 14% of the working population would commute to Central London
from this area.
Swanley station is served by a frequent train service to both London Victoria
and London Blackfriars with an average fast journey time of 36 minutes. In the
future it is also due to get Thameslink services to London Bridge. Based on
current forecasts, NR believes one additional vehicle will be required to meet on train passenger growth by 2024.
The train operator is currently working on improvement plans for the station.
However, if for example dedicated bus routes from the new housing developments were provided into the town, encouraging more commuting it is
expected that further station enhancements would be required to cope with
this increase in demand.
The DfT is due to announce the winner of the next South Eastern franchise in
Autumn 2018, which may include changes in rolling stock fleets.
Bat & Ball
Around 600 new units are proposed around Bat & Ball. NR estimate that around 20% of working age population will commute into central London.
Bat & Ball has direct services to London via the Thameslink route to Blackfriars and beyond, using new high capacity rolling stock. However, quicker journeys can be made by changing at Sevenoaks for fast services to London Bridge. The Kent Route Study has recommended lengthening more services on the Sevenoaks route to 12 car to cope with projected demand and also an additional service from the Tonbridge area.
The DfT is due to announce the winner of the next South Eastern franchise in Autumn 2018, which could include replacement of the ‘networker’ train fleet used on the metro services. Bat & Ball station is due to get new step free access.

Knockholt
MX41 Broke Hill Golf Course, Halstead – around 800 homes.
NR estimate that around 20% of working age population will commute into central London. The journey time is
relatively quick at around 35 minutes to London Bridge and there are 3 trains in the peak hours, a mixture of 8,
10 and 12 car trains. The Kent Route Study recommends that an additional 12 vehicles be provided in the peak
to cater for projected demand. The South Eastern franchise
For a development of the size proposed we would recommend consideration being given to providing a
separate access road to the Skip Yard, this would enhance the station area by making it safer for all users. It
would also allow us to provide better parking facilities for commuters.
There is currently no step free access at the station, therefore NR would encourage early engagement with a
developer to discuss potential options.

Longfield
MX52 & M53 Corinthians & Bankside, Hartley – around 800 homes.
NR estimate that around 8% of working age population will commute into central London. The journey time is
around 49 minutes to London and there are 3 trains in the peak hours to Victoria and a peak additional into
Blackfriars, a mixture of 6, 8 and 12 car trains. It is expected that the projected demand growth up to 2024 can
be catered within the existing rolling stock provision.
Step Free access for services to London is via ramp from Bramblefield Close, for services away from London via
ramp on Station Road.

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