Southern boss signals improvements

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Stuart Harland welcoming guests

Angie Doll – newly appointed Managing Director of GTR’s Southern Rail – and her Strategic Planning team made a full day tour of the East Coastway and Marshlink from Eastbourne to Ashford International on Friday June 7, hosted by the Hastings & Rother Rail Users Alliance.

Upon arrival in Rye, she and her team enjoyed a working lunch at the Mermaid Inn, meeting community representatives and local employers.The theme of the day was “Rail connectivity and the area economy”.

Recent improvements identified by Southern Rail included better connections with high-speed services at Ashford International, saving passengers time, and a new late-evening train one hour later than before, from Ashford International to Hastings via Rye. “On top of that, Southern trains are more punctual now than they have been for four years,” said Angie Doll.

Stuart Harland, chairman of MarshLink Actuion Group (MLAG) commented afterwards:
“It was useful to put local business owners and regional representatives (in the form of County Councillors to Town Mayors) in direct contact with senior representatives of GTR. This enabled them to emphasise for themselves the needs of their employees and constituents alike to have reliable rail services.”

Source: GTR/Southern Rail press release

Image Credits: Kenneth Bird.

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