Eastbourne MP wants to see traders at the town’s railway station compensated after seeing their takings plummet during the Southern Rail strike.
Caroline Ansell wrote to the Rail Minister, Paul Maynard, this week telling him that some traders on the station concourse have seen takings fall by half and one business is even closing on strike days as it cannot afford the labour costs.
She heard about their plight when she toured the concourse before Christmas to discuss the effect of the strike on business.
In her letter she asks the minister to “consider what support or compensation is made available to ensure that independent traders do not lose their livelihoods as a result of this protracted and unnecessary strike action.”
Caroline added, “These traders have become the latest victims of this dispute through absolutely no fault of their own and I am hoping the minister will do something to help them through this extremely difficult period.
“Small businesses are vital to the prosperity of Eastbourne and the UK as a whole and I will be pressing hard to ensure they are not forgotten during the dispute and that something constructive is done to support them.”