Lewes MP calls for Parliamentary debate on short formation trains

Maria Caulfield MP has called for a Parliamentary debate on the issue of short formation trains between Lewes and London.


The Lewes MP has raised the issue in Parliament following increased complaints from constituents over rush hours trains between Lewes and the capital that are only four carriages long, meaning that people are left standing the entire journey of around an hour and a half, if they are able to get on at all.


Speaking during a session of Business of the House of Commons questions Maria Caulfield MP said “May we have a statement on the issue of short formation trains? In Lewes, on peak services, we still get four-carriage trains, and passengers who pay an average of £4,500 a year for a season ticket cannot get on them. Will the Leader of the House ask for a statement from the Department for Transport?”


The Minister agree that he would forward the request to Ministers at the Department for Transport.


Maria Caulfield MP said “It is simply not good enough that people are paying around £4,500 for a season ticket and then either cannot get on the train or are standing for whole journeys. Putting four-carriage trains on during peak hours on a commuter route is outrageous, and must be stopped. I will make sure that the issue is kept on the minds of both Government and Southern Rail.”