Liberal Democrats in Lewes are standing up for commuters and calling on the Government to Sack Southern Rail, handing over a petition of over 3,000 signatures to Theresa May at Downing Street Monday morning.
Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Lewes Kelly-Marie Blundell, who has led the campaign to save Seaford trains, is joining Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake and London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon to hand in the petition calling for an end to Southern Rail's delivery of rail services.
The signatures were collected online and in person from constituencies along the Southern Rail network which runs from London Victoria down to the coastal towns.
Southern Rail holds a contract to deliver services to Lewes, Seaford, Polegate and Newhaven plus villages, and have been plagued with delays and cancellations for the last 18 months. Continued delays are reported to have led to job losses, force people to move and clog up the roads with traffic when the trains don't run.
Seaford resident Kelly-Marie Blundell said;
“People are sick of the delays, cancellations and continued problems on Southern Rail.
“Locally, we saw 80% of Southern Rail trains cut from Lewes, Newhaven, Polegate and Seaford over the summer, and while it has allegedly been restored, I and thousands of people like me spend hours stranded on services across Sussex.
“Unions and strikes are a distraction. Every train I tried to catch last week was delayed, cancelled or replaced with buses, and there were no strikes.
“Quite simply, commuters in Lewes district have had enough, and it's time the Government paid attention to the problem and stripped Southern Rail of the contract to deliver rail services.”