Business leaders in Eastbourne are to meet with the Rail Minister over the situation on the Southern network.
The Chamber of Commerce had hoped to get around the table with Paul Maynard and MPs from across East Sussex on Wednesday (4 January), but their letter dated before Christmas had gone unanswered from London.
However, Christina Ewbank, Chief Executive of the Chamber, has now been told a meeting will go ahead on Monday (9 January) and that it will be attended by Chamber members from Sussex, Kent, Hampshire, Thames Valley and parts of London, as well as the Minister.
Many businesses say they are being financially hurt by strike action, caused through a dispute between Southern and the RMT and ASLEF unions over the future of guards on trains. The unions believe the move to be unsafe for passengers, whereas Southern feel it is just moving with the times.
A spokesperson for the Department of Transport has told Eastbourne Buzz, “We recognise the impact the union’s industrial action is having on businesses along the Southern route, including those in Eastbourne.
“We will be meeting with Chambers of Commerce about this matter very soon.”
The Chambers want to know why it has taken the Government eleven months to step in to help Southern and the unions to come to a compromise, which would suit all parties, as they feel it has been the general public and businesses who have been paying the price.