Lewes MP’s campaign for shorter rail journey times gathers pace

Lewes MP and Home Office Minister Norman Baker’s campaign for shorter journey times from London to Lewes and Polegate is firmly on track.

The official Invitation to Tender for the new combined Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (TSGN) franchise encourages bidders for the franchise to reduce stopping times and the number of split trains at Haywards Heath, proposals championed by Mr Baker, who was formerly Transport Minister.

These changes will assist in decreasing journey times on the busy lines through the station whilst simultaneously releasing more capacity and providing more seats.

Respondents to the consultation commented on the need for improvements in frequency, speed and capacity of the services to several towns along the coast, but to and from Eastbourne in particular.

Mr Baker said: “I believe it should be possible to reduce journey times to Lewes and Polegate by up to 10 minutes if these proposals and a slightly revised timetable are adopted.

“I am pleased to see that my recommendations for improvements to the service to Lewes and Polegate are being acted upon. We now have a real opportunity to achieve a decrease in journey times and to improve the overall efficiency of local services.”