Business leaders from Eastbourne are heading to London today (9 January) for a meeting with the Rail Minister.
The Chamber of Commerce will join Chambers from Bexhill and Sussex, along with the county’s Federation of Small Business and Eastbourne MP, Caroline Ansell to discuss the impact the troubles on the Southern Network is having on the economy across the south east with Paul Maynard.
With a dispute between Southern and unions now approaching a year, businesses want to know why it’s taken so long for the Government to open its doors to talks to try and find a solution that works for all parties, including passengers and companies hit financially by strike action.
Both the RMT and ASLEF unions believe the introduction of driver-only trains on the Southern network will compromise passenger safety, but Govia Thameslink Rail – the parent company of Southern – insist this isn’t the case. Last week, a report by the Office for Rail and Road found mostly in favour of the driver-only operation, but Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce is yet to be convinced that it is a safe way forward.