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|New Trains Promised as Connex Hits Buffers
- Huge investment planned by new south London franchisees
AIR-CONDITIONING, shiny new rolling stock and trains that run on time are the choice morsels on the table for commuters after rail company Govia won the contract for a large part of south London from the clutches of unpopular rival Connex.
"We have a UKP1.5 billion investment planned and we are keen to get on with it," said Govia Managing Director Keith Ludeman, though those brave words were soiled somewhat when Ludeman admitted that commuters would have to be patient and that big improvements wouldn't come through for at least five years.
Half the investment money will go on rolling stock, half on track and signalling, Ludeman said, although Govia will have to wait a while before starting its ambitious investment programme, as there will be a one year hand over period between Connex and the new franchisees.
Connex have been slammed by commuter groups for running a dirty, unpunctual service in which 20 per cent of its trains are late. The French owned company were also promising UKP500 million less in investment than Govia.