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September 1 2016.

Local MP Maria Caulfield has spoken out against the rail company Southern after being informed that although 119 trains would be re-instated on Monday, none of those extra trains would be on the Newhaven/Seaford Branch line. This latest move builds further on the idea that the two coastal towns have been used as easy targets, with both having already seen rail services cut by over 80% under the ‘revised timetable’.

The Lewes MP - who is due to meet with the Transport Secretary in person as soon as Parliament reconvenes next week, and has been involved in a number of conversations on the same matter over the summer recess - has said that this most recent action by Southern does nothing to help her constituents, and she will be requesting immediate action from the Department for Transport.

Maria said: “Seaford & Newhaven have suffered gravely at the hands of Southern throughout the course of this dispute.

“Like me, residents are sick of being shunned by Southern and feel very much targeted by the company as it sees through its dispute with the RMT.

“I look forward to meeting with the Transport Secretary on Monday. He is already aware of the difficulties facing my constituents and should be prepared to take action following this most recent injustice.”

Pictured: Maria with Chris Grayling.