Updated at 7.30pm, July with news of debate in Parliament
There was good news in today’s Budget for Uckfield rail travellers.
Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, announced the government will extend the scope of the Uckfield – Lewes reinstatement study.
It will now look at improving rail links between London and the south coast, including upgrades to existing routes, consideration of the Brighton Main Line corridor, and re-examination of the Department for Transport’s feasibility study on BML2.
BML2 is a project which has been promoted by Uckfield resident Brian Hart.
More details of BML2 here
Money for the Uckfield – Lewes segment was announced in the previous Budget by Mr Osborne.
More details were published by UckfieldNews.com earlier this month, here
In a separate development, the MP for Wealden, Nus Ghani, has called for an investigation into the management of train operating company, Southern.
She said: “I have written to both the Office of Rail and Road and the Transport Select Committee to ask each of them to launch an investigation into the management of Southern, who have a lot of work to do before they even get close to satisfying their long-frustrated customers.”
Debate in Parliament
Earlier in the day there was a debate on Southern’s performance in Parliament.
During the debate Wealden MP, Nus Ghani said: “My constituents have to put up with delays, timetable changes, short-form trains, extended engineering works and overcrowding far too regularly. Southern seems incapable of communicating effectively with its customers when those problems arise.”
Ms Ghani referred to it as the “misery line” and said commuters’ woes did not seem to be heard at the “top table at Southern or Network Rail”.
She urged the Rail Minister to call on Network Rail and Southern to convene regular meetings with passengers so that they can share their real day-to-day experiences on the line.