Eastbourne’s MP has said she’s ‘appalled’ by the latest round of strikes by Southern conductors.
Five days of industrial action started today (8 August).
Responding to the walk out, Caroline said, “Sadly talks between the unions and the operating company broke down on Friday (7 August) without agreement, and as such the strike planned for this week is going ahead. This will clearly cause a great deal of disruption for travellers throughout the region, and will affect Eastbourne particularly hard because our wonderful 'Airbourne' show starts on Thursday and thousands of people use the trains to come to town for the event.
“I am appalled at the prospect of passengers facing a further increase in disruption (and that the union is putting their members under such financial stress by calling for a 5-day strike).
“I have spoken to the Rail Minister directly on all these issues, and specifically told him that this strike will also affect Eastbourne’s biggest annual event, ‘Airbourne’. Visitors, tourists, commuters, students and many others rely on the service, and it is outrageous that they should be made to suffer in this way.”