MP puts pressure on rail minister

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Huw Merriman, Paul Maynard and Amber Rudd at the Rail Summit last year

Following the disruption to rail services over the past year and, as many considered it, a kick in the teeth for commuters with the ticket price rises announced recently, Rye and Hastings MP Amber Rudd, has issued the following statement:

“For some, 2018 was blighted by the timetabling changes in May.

“That’s why I’ve written to my ministerial colleagues asking them to ensure that all possible action and negotiation has been made to prevent this situation from arising going forward.

“I have always worked hard to ensure that our residents receive the best rail service possible.

“I hope that the Minister will provide a substantive reply to reassure my residents that the Government has taken all possible measures to ensure that the best action has been taken for the passengers.”

She also used the letter to explain that to many, paying even more for their travel after such poor service over the last year will be hard to stomach, and urged the Minister to look again at the price hikes for rail tickets and to consider if any other action might be taken to prevent the customers bearing the brunt of the increase.

It would seem that some sort of intervention by our MP is certainly needed as Rye News understands that rail services, particularly at commuter times, are not improving, with the shuttle trains still suffering regular cancellations.

Image Credits: Rye News Library.

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