Wealden MP Nus Ghani who is battling for improvements on the Uckfield Line.

Rail Minister calls meeting about poor performance on Uckfield line

Rail minister Paul Maynard is to hold a meeting about the poor performance of the Uckfield Line.

The meeting, with Govia Thameslink, parent company of Southern which runs the line, is being held at the request of Wealden MP Nus Ghani who said: “The only thing you can depend on Southern for is an unreliable and temperamental service.

“My constituents deserve better than the frequent cancellations and poor communication, and there has been no sign of improvements in recent months.

“Moreover, Southern deem it acceptable to undermine the service on the Uckfield Line to meet their timetable elsewhere. This is unacceptable.”

The MP said she had raised this with the rail minister, along with the concerns of thousands of constituents who have contacted her about Southern, and she intended to meet with him and GTR to push for a reliable and acceptable service.”

Ms Ghani said: “It is not ok that in the 21st century my constituents are unable to rely on the timetables published by Southern.

“I will continue to push hard to ensure that Southern provide a service fit for the needs of Wealden. Starting 2018 with a poor service and impending strike action once again explains why the Uckfield line is often branded the ‘misery line’.

“I am pleased that the minister has agreed to convene a meeting with GTR to secure an explanation of the poor service, woeful management and lack of staffing and planning on a service which has deteriorated.

“The future of the Uckfield line is dependent on electrification and I will continue to campaign for the full implementation of the Gibb report recommendations.” The Gibb report was published last summer and suggested electrification of the Uckfield Line.

The rail minister Paul Maynard confirmed he would convene a meeting with Southern’s parent company Govia Thameslink Railway at Nus’ request. He has invited Nus to attend.

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