Over 1500 residents have already signed a petition against cutting the town’s direct London trains from 2018 launched by the Liberal Democrats last month.
Southern Rail’s 2018 timetable consultation proposes cutting the town’s direct services to London or reducing Seaford-Brighton services at the times when the London trains run.
Kelly-Marie Blundell, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate said:
“It’s no exaggeration to say that people have built their lives around train services, particularly those who commute long distances. Any changes to the timetable should not be taken lightly and it’s worrying that there is so much confusion around this consultation. It is very difficult to find the information which is hidden in lengthy online documents. Hundreds signing our petition against the removal of the direct London services sends a clear message to Southern that they are much-needed in Seaford and Newhaven.”
Fiona Lewis, Seaford mum and commuter who helped organise the campaign against the rail replacement buses run between Seaford and Lewes from July to September this year said:
“Ideally we want to keep all our train services, but our direct services to London are particularly valuable. The proposed changes relating to our line are completely hidden on the East Coastway information sheet on Southern’s website – people need to read pages 25-26 of the full consultation document and to answer questions 36 and 37 of the Timetable Consultation Response Survey. I would urge people to take part in the consultation before it’s too late. It is disgusting that those who are not online or computer literate will be unable to make their voices heard.”
The 2018 timetable consultation suggests sweeping timetable changes that could affect many towns and villages in Sussex and the Southern Rail network.
Residents can take part in the consultation until the first week of December 2016 by visiting the Southern website. The proposed changes to the Seaford line can only be viewed in the full consultation document on pages 25-26. People can respond to the consultation at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2018timetableconsultation– the questions relating to the Seaford trains are questions 36 and 37.