Polegate’s MP has raised the issue of train services on Southern in Parliament.
Maria Caulfield addressed the House of Commons during Business Questions earlier today (26 May). The Conservative put forward the following question:
“Given the increasingly shocking performance of Southern Rail with 156 cancellations on Monday and 208 cancellations on Sunday affecting not just passengers in my constituency of Lewes, but across Surrey, Sussex and London, could we have an urgent statement from the Minister to see how we could deal with this shocking situation?”
The Leader of the House gave this response:
“Well no commuter likes to be late to work because of errors on which they have no control and I can understand why her constituents will be particularly frustrated. There are no transport questions due for a while, so I’ll bring it for the attention of the Rail Minister.”
This comes on top of the Lewes MP requesting an urgent meeting with the Rail Minister Claire Perry to discuss figures recently released showing that some 2,274 trains on the Southern franchise were cancelled between the 25th April 2016 & 23rd May 2016.
MP’s from across the South & South East have campaigned rigorously, with those elected last May, including the Lewes MP, taking a hard stance on Southern who currently run the franchise.
Speaking from the constituency, Maria said: “Despite repeated attempts by MPs across Sussex to ask Southern Rail to improve their services, this month sees the worst performance to date with figures showing Southern and Thameslink being the worst performing operators.”
“My constituents can take no more and are fed up with cancellations, late running trains, strikes and early terminations. I have asked to meet with the rail minister as a matter of urgency.”