Liberal Democrats in Lewes, Newhaven, Seaford and Polegate have welcomed the news that a court has given a Southern commuter permission to sue the train operator for poor service.
Guildford County Court ruled on appeal that Sergei Cristo, who lives in Earlsfield, Surrey, can pursue action against Govia Thameslink, who manage Southern Rail, based on continued delays, changes to timetables and overcrowded trains.
Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Lewes constituency Kelly-Marie Blundell, who has been leading the Save Seaford Trains campaign, welcomed the news;
“This decision could give rise to commuters across Southern Rail lines to take court action for the suffering they have endured over the last two years.
“We have seen 80% of trains in the area cut due to Southern Rail failings. While Govia Thameslink are quick to blame Unions, delays and timetable changes persist even when there are not strikes. Quite simply, the Conservative government should have taken action long ago and removed the contract from them.
“I'm happy to help commuters who wish to pursue further legal action against Govia Thameslink for delays and overcrowding, as perhaps this will finally make the Conservatives sit up and see what a mess we are in trainwise.
“To further add to suffering, Govia Thameslink are proposing to cut direct trains to London from Seaford and Newhaven. With more than 1,800 people signing our petition, we are encouraging people to respond to the consultation and make sure that Seaford retains the services it needs.”