Lewes District Council calls for urgent action to resolve rail misery

Lewes District Council is greatly concerned about the ongoing daily disruption to train services operated by Southern, part of the GTR franchise.

The frustration and difficulties that face commuters using GTR train services over past weeks has caused immense difficulties for those trying to get to and from work and carry out their day to day business.  Smooth operation of the train services within the district and the links to London, Brighton and east into the county are fundamental to the economic health of the district.

Councillor Andy Smith, Leader of Lewes District Council said: “I completely understand and sympathise with the travelling public many of whom are residents and businesses who have endured weeks of disruption, delays and cancellations.

As a matter of urgency I will be writing to the new Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP to give this Council’s support to the written suggestion from the Mayor of London, to allow a senior team from Transport for London (TfL) to be put in temporary charge of the Southern part of the GTR franchise in order to find a solution as quickly as possible.

This action was fully supported by councillors through a notice of motion at the Council meeting held today and further demonstrates the strength of feeling towards getting this resolved.”

Lewes District Council does not have any powers to compel changes to the rail franchise that covers a great many local authority areas including Lewes district. We are keen to reassure residents of our intention to continue to call for urgent action to resolve the situation.

Story published on 22 July 2016