Local railway stations potentially missing out on improvement funding

Four railways stations within the Lewes constituency are among those yet to have ideas put forward for part of a £15m improvement fund from Govia Thameslink Railway, and Maria Caulfield MP is urging local rail users to submit their ideas, wither directly to GTR or through her.

The Passenger Benefit Programme will see £15 million made available for stations across the GTR network aimed at making tangible improvements to railway stations. Out of eleven railway stations in the Lewes constituency, four are yet to have any ideas put forward for them, thus potentially missing out on vital improvements. The railways stations that have yet to have any ideas put forward are; Berwick, Newhaven Harbour, Glynde and Southease.

Passenger groups and stakeholders will be able to make suggestions and decide for themselves what they would like improved at their local railway station. Improvements could be things like new waiting shelters, additional lighting, or new information screens. Passengers can find out more information and make suggestions on the dedicated website at www.passengerbenefitfund.co.uk.

Maria Caulfield MP said “I am keen to have all of the railway stations in the Lewes constituency represented in the programme to ensure that all passengers have a chance to benefit from it. I would urge any passenger groups or local residents using the railways stations of Berwick, Newhaven Harbour, Glynde, and Southease to check out the fund’s website and to get involved with it, or contact me with their ideas. Most people could think of ways to improve their local station and there is a chance to have those changes brought to life through the Passenger Benefit Fund.”

“I’d like to thank those groups and individuals who have contributed ideas for their local railways stations and wish them luck through the further stages.”

The closing date for idea submissions is 31st July.