Eastbourne and Willingdon MP Caroline Ansell has joined a new cross party parliamentary group to help passengers stuck with poor Southern Rail services in East Sussex and beyond.
The franchise, run by Govia Thameslink Rail (GTR), has been locked in a dispute over driver only operated trains with the RMT union and this has led to strikes.
Sickness rates have also leapt meaning that trains are late or are cancelled making journeys a misery.
The group will now meet regularly with the sole purpose of scrutinising the operational effectiveness and implementation of Southern’s improvement plan.
“My hope is that by joining together MPs across the region can put even more pressure on Govia, on behalf of constituents, to get this terrible situation sorted out as quickly as possible so the misery that rail passengers are regularly having to contend with can stop,” said Caroline.
“My understanding is the Rail Minister Claire Perry is fully supportive of the new group and she will be keeping it informed of developments as they happen.”
Conductors with the RMT Union have been on strike across the Southern network again today (21 June).
GTR has reported that 87% of services run throughout today’s industrial action have been on time. The company says they will be returning to a normal service tomorrow, but warn some trains may run with fewer carriages, owing to trains being out of their normal position, owing to today’s strike.