Transport chief visits Lewes to see problems with rail and road network

Patrick McLoughlin MP with Conservative election candidate Maria Caulfield.
Patrick McLoughlin MP with Conservative election candidate Maria Caulfield.

Maria Caulfield, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Lewes, met Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin this week.

He came to the constituency to see for himself the difficult road and rail conditions residents and businesses face on a daily basis.

He visited Hastings and Eastbourne to discuss transport infrastructure before continuing to Polegate to specifically discuss the possible upgrading of the A27.

Ms Caulfield said: “The A27 crosses most of the constituency and the constant congestion is not only an inconvenience for local people but also costs businesses, too, with an estimated loss of £2bn a year to the Sussex economy. This is in addition to the poor safety record of the road.”

Mr McLoughlin drove from Polegate to Lewes along the A27 to experience what the journey can be like before catching the train from Lewes to London.

Ms Caulfield added: “I wanted the Transport Secretary to see how slow the rail links are. Although we are close to London, the train links are poor and one of the most common complaints I get from commuters is how slow and congested their trains are.

“It was a great opportunity to say this is why we need the Brighton Mainline 2 scheme which will create more capacity on our rail network locally and speed up the journey to London.

“I am a big fan of the proposed re-opening of the Lewes to Uckfield line and hopefully from his visit today the Transport Secretary will be looking closely at the results of the feasibility study that was commissioned by the Government last year.”