Eastbourne & Polegate MPs Welcome Rail Agreement

Thursday 2nd February 2017


The resolution of the dispute between Southern and the ASLEF union, is being welcomed by the MPs for Eastbourne and Polegate.

Earlier, the TUC confirmed a deal had been reached, subject to a referendum within ASLEF later this month.

Eastbourne MP, Caroline Ansell said, ‘This is a significant development and one that will be greeted with relief by Southern passengers, even though it must be ratified by ASLEF members so we are not quite out of the woods yet.

"I would like to thank the union and Govia Thameslink for sitting down over many days to come to this deal which, it appears, satisfies both sides regarding GTR’s modernisation programme and the union’s safety concerns.

"Unfortunately, the dispute with the RMT union remains. I sincerely hope the GTR and the RMT will now sit around the table and thrash out a deal too.

"This news is real progress, but let’s now hope a further deal can be quickly achieved between the RMT and GTR so this terrible dispute, which has caused so much heartache, can finally be resolved.’

Polegate MP, Maria Caulfield said, “I am both pleased and rather relieved that the two sides have been able to reach this agreement, and thank both sides for working constructively with one another to do so.

“Today’s announcement will come as welcome news for many thousands of my constituents, giving peace of mind that when they turn up to catch a train to work, school or an appointment, they can expect to reach their destination.

“Of course, I fully understand that vast improvements are still needed, and this is exactly what I set out to Ministers during my Adjournment Debate on the subject in Parliament on the 20 January.

“I would also like to again call on both Southern and the RMT to get back around the table so that they too can begin to work towards a resolution.”

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