North East Herts MP Oliver Heald visited the new platform works at Stevenage with Transport Minister Andrew Jones MP recently. The works will enable more trains to use the Hertford Loop line and restore regular services from Watton at Stone to Stevenage. The works were originally going to take up to 7 years with a replacement bus service. After representations to Ministers by Oliver and neighbouring MPs, this was reduced to one year and works are on budget and on time for rail services to be restored in 2020.
The works include new track and signalling for more than a kilometre. The works taken together with the new rolling stock on the Loop are a major investment. Oliver also met new Managing Director of GTR, Tom Moran, who is keen to see services reach a high standard.
Commenting Oliver said: "I am glad this important project is on time and on budget. I am sorry there is inconvenience to residents and am glad it has been reduced to the minimum after my campaign with other local MPs."