The Transport Secretary Chris Grayling - who was appointed to the role upon Theresa May entering 10 Downing Street last month – has personally told Polegate MP’s, that he is on the side of her constituents in the dispute over Southern Rail.
In the most recent conversation between the Transport Secretary - whose own constituency of Epsom is served by Southern Rail – and Maria Caulfield, it was indicated that the current disruption - which last week saw the RMT hold a strike lasting 3 days and Southern imposing a reduced timetable - will be coming to an end shortly.
The Secretary of State for Transport then reassured the Lewes MP of his overall intention to tackle the rail company over their poor performance which has seen delays, disruption and cancellations to rail user’s journeys in the South and South East for over 2 years.
Following the conversation, Maria said, “I hope that this will reassure my constituents that just as I am on their side, so is the Transport Secretary and his team at the Department for Transport.”
“I have every faith in him and the new Rail Minister Paul Maynard, however I shall continue to relay to them the daily struggles that my constituents will be facing until such time as the reduced timetable imposed by Southern is lifted, and their poor performance sees meaningful improvement.”