The woman hoping to take Maria Caulfield’s job as Polegate MP, is heading to Downing Street today (5 December).
Kelly-Marie Bundell, who’s the prospective parliamentary candidate for the Liberal Democrats in the Lewes constituency, will be presenting a petition, calling for Southern Rail to be sacked form their franchise.
The signatures were collected online and in person from constituencies along the Southern Rail network which runs from London Victoria down to the coastal towns.
Many commuters have encountered endless delays in recent months, owing to an ongoing dispute between the company and conductors with the RMT union, over the introduction of driver-only trains. More strikes are due to start tomorrow (6 December), with train drivers with the union Aslef banning overtime too.
Kelly-Marie said, “People are sick of the delays, cancellations and continued problems on Southern Rail.
“Locally, we saw 80% of Southern Rail trains cut from Lewes, Newhaven, Polegate and Seaford over the summer, and while it has allegedly been restored, I and thousands of people like me spend hours stranded on services across Sussex.
“Unions and strikes are a distraction. Every train I tried to catch last week was delayed, cancelled or replaced with buses, and there were no strikes.
“Quite simply, commuters in Lewes district have had enough, and it's time the Government paid attention to the problem and stripped Southern Rail of the contract to deliver rail services.”