THE VITAL 06.39 train service from Ore to Cannon Street is back on track after a vocal campaign to save it from closure.
Hastings MP Amber Rudd, together with campaigners from St Leonards and Hastings Rail Improvement Programme (SHRIMP) and East Sussex Rail Alliance (ESRA) fought to keep the 06.39 service from Ore to Cannon Street.
Southeastern, which runs the route, was planning to axe the service from December this year, diverting it to Charing Cross due to rebuilding works at London Bridge, which are set to start in January 2015.
But after hundreds of people signed the Save the 06.39 petition, Stephen Hammond, the Rail Minister announced on Wednesday (February 26) that the service will remain in place.
Ms Rudd said: “I am delighted that the Minster has listened to the pleas of so many commuters from Hastings who use the 06.39 to get to the heart of the City of London.
“The Cannon Street service is extremely popular and I made this very clear to the Rail Minister when I met with him a few weeks ago to hand over the petition.”
The Rail Minister also announced that from next January there will be an additional, fast train running from Hastings to London Charing Cross during peak hours, operating non-stop between Hastings and Tunbridge Wells.
Ms Rudd added: “This will not only ensure a quicker and much more reliable journey between Hastings and London, but it will also have a fundamental effect on the economic growth of the local area.
“All of our hard work has paid off and we are now firmly on the journey to vastly improved rail travel to and from Hastings.”