Rail service is not fit for purpose

In response to the article overcrowded train is ‘putting pupils at risk’ by Laura Cooke.

It’s a about time that this issue was given some media attention as the two carriage service between Ashford to Brighton, in my opinion, is not fit for purpose.

I’ve commuted from Hastings to Brighton for the last two years and have come to the conclusion that Southern Rail don’t care about their passengers’ safety or well-being.

The two carriage trains are often dangerously over crowded, (as Robyn Nicolaou notes the 8.09 during term time is horrendous and an accident waiting to happen), and yet it’s impossible to find out what is the actual maximum capacity.

Ask, and you meet a wall of silence as conductors, station staff and Southern’s website refuse to say.

I’ve never known a train where passengers sit in the luggage rack and count themselves privileged.

At just under £200 a month for a season ticket, it is immoral that they won’t use the profits from such a popular and overcrowded route to put another carriage on, at least between Hastings and Brighton.

Southern must be making an immense amount of money from packing so many people on to such a short train and it’s easy to understand why they were voted one of the worst train companies in the UK by Which magazine.

Though the staff are polite, they fail to take any responsibility for the company’s lack of care by usually blaming Network Rail for the situation.

I salute Robyn Nicolaou for trying to do something about it with her Facebook page Save the Railway Children, especially as with more people moving to the town the situation is only going to get worse.

Royston Swarbrooke

Lower Park Road

Hastings

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