Wealden and Lewes MPs raise ‘poor performance’ of train services with rail minister

Nus Ghani, MP for Wealden, Claire Perry MP, Rail Minister, Huw Merriman, MP for Bexhill and Battle, and Tom Tugendhat, MP for Tonbridge and Malling.

Nus Ghani, MP for Wealden, Claire Perry MP, Rail Minister, Huw Merriman, MP for Bexhill and Battle, and Tom Tugendhat, MP for Tonbridge and Malling.

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MPs from Lewes and Wealden raised the ‘poor performance’ of train services with the Government’s rail minister this week.

Maria Caulfield and Nus Ghani, along with other MPs from across the county met Claire Perry, the minister at the Department for Transport who is responsible for the railways, on Tuesday to discuss recent disruption to services in Sussex.

Rail users have been hit with severe delays twice in the last month. Problems with engineering work at Clapham Junction on April 30 led to an entire day of delays and widespread cancellations across Sussex, while emergency engineering works had to be carried out at Haywards Heath on May 20, which resulted in another day of misery for passengers.

Ms Caulfield, who was elected Lewes MP earlier this month, said she welcomed the promise of clear action by the rail companies and Network Rail to improve services, and added: “This is positive news for my constituents who are commuters and who use the railway for other purposes.

“The rail service in recent weeks has been much less than satisfactory and when people need to get to work or to go about their business in other ways it is vital that rail services are efficient and reliable.

“I shall be watching carefully to ensure that services do improve – and markedly – as rail passengers need to see value for money for the fares they are paying.”

Rail minister Claire Perry with Lewes MP Maria Caulfield

Rail minister Claire Perry with Lewes MP Maria Caulfield

Wealden MP Ms Ghani added: “It was productive meeting with the minister at the Department of Transport in charge of railways.

“I had the opportunity to raise my Wealden constituents’ concerns of the poor performance on the Uckfield line, from delays, overcrowding and capacity as well as the lack of communication from the service providers and Network Rail to the commuters on train changes and cancellations making it impossible to plan journeys on a regular basis.

“I also had the opportunity to raise the issue of compensation.

“I am determined to help our commuters get a better deal from Network Rail and will continue to campaign until performance improves.”

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