Time would seem to have flown by since my last monthly update in April, however, unfortunately our trains don’t seem to be arriving nearly so quickly, with the shocking service being provided by Southern continuing to disrupt the day-to-day lives of residents across the Lewes constituency.
As a regular commuter myself, I share the huge frustration that rail users across the Southern network have been subjected to, and have been campaigning on the issue non-stop both before, and following last May’s election, including meeting with officials from the Department for Transport, Govia Thameslink and Network Rail, as well as the Rail Minister Claire Perry.
In the past month however, the level of service being provided to rail users across the South has reached an all-time low, with figures released at the end of this month admitting that some 2,274 trains on the Southern franchise were cancelled between the 25th April 2016 and the 23rd May 2016.
Just prior to those figures being released, I requested a further, urgent meeting with Rail Minister Claire Perry, re-iterating the urgent requirement for such a meeting during Business Questions within the Commons Chamber later that week, by which time the sheer scale of the issue had become even more evident.
With this concern affecting residents across the South and South East, I have also co-signed a cross-party letter with neighbouring MP’s, which looks to further extend our concerns in full to Ministers at the Department for Transport.
With all of the above actions underway, I fully expect that Ministers will take necessary action against Southern, and as always, will be sure to update constituents on future developments.