PM supports call for better train services

David Cameron spreaking at SAGA. SUS-150223-133058001
David Cameron spreaking at SAGA. SUS-150223-133058001

Prime Minister David Cameron has given his backing to calls for improved rail services in Hastings.

He visited the town on Monday (February 23) as part of the Conservatives’ election campaign.

Mr Cameron was in Hastings to meet with staff at Saga in Priory Square in the town centre to outline the party’s manifesto for those in retirement.

The Prime Minister was joined by the town’s MP Amber Rudd, who has also called for better train links with London.

Last week the

The survey scored train companies based on the responses of more than 7,300 train travellers when asked about their journeys over the last 12 months. It covered 21 train operators.

Southern, which runs services between Hastings, Ashford International, Brighton and London Victoria, came joint 18th with 46% for overall customer satisfaction. Southeastern, which runs services to London Charing Cross, came 20th with 44%.

The

He said: “The actions we want to take are in the short term, medium term and long term. We need these train operators to do better in terms of customer satisfaction

“In the medium term we also need to expand capacity with an extra 95,000 seats. In the long term what we need is better infrastructure and capacity.

“I think that Amber Rudd has been campaigning very hard for the extension of the high speed HS1 services to come to Hastings.

“That could be an absolute game-changer, when you look at these Javelin trains and the speed they have achieved, shortening journey times say, for instance between Ashford and London.

“That has a potential benefit to Hastings both in capacity and connectivity, and, most crucially, shorter journey times.”

Ms Rudd held her recent rail summit at Sussex Coast College on January 30 where the possibility of bringing the HS1 services to Hastings was highlighted. At the summit were Rail Minister, Claire Perry MP, Ray Chapman, of East Sussex Rail Alliance, and representatives from Network Rail, Southeastern and Southern.

Network Rail plans to fit the HS1 project into its 2019 spending window. But Ms Rudd said she is pushing for work to start in 2017.