Station deserves better

Amber Rudd and John Hough (second from left) with representatives from Network Rail and Southeastern
Amber Rudd and John Hough (second from left) with representatives from Network Rail and Southeastern
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A CAMPAIGN to spruce up Hastings Station is moving full steam ahead.

Hastings MP Amber Rudd has been lobbying alongside St Leonards and Hastings Rail Improvement Programme (SHRIMP) for quicker rail links between 1066 Country and London.

And now the Conservative is turning her attention to the appearance of the town centre station which in recent weeks has fallen foul of broken glass, faulty doors and other problems.

Ms Rudd says it is important the station provides visitors with a better first impression of Hastings and wants Network Rail and local operator Southeastern to act.

Speaking to the Observer, Ms Rudd said: “Several commuters have asked me to intervene on this.

“Our station is the first sight visitors have of our town and we need to have it looking as smart and clean as the day it was built.

“We should not put up with failing doors, rusty barriers and shoddy care of the interior.”

The MP has been backed by John Hough, the manager of Priory Meadow, who believes it would be easier to attract shoppers and tourists to the town if the station was more welcoming.

The pair recently met with representatives from Network Rail and Southeastern at Hastings Station to show exactly what needed to be done and push for the necessary improvements.

And both were pleased with the outcome. Ms Rudd said: “I was glad that both Network Rail and Southeastern responded so quickly to my request for a meeting.

“We will now be holding them to account to make sure that the repairs we discussed take place.”

Mr Hough echoed the MP’s comments, adding: “We deserve a higher standard for this landmark building which is a main gateway into Hastings.”

The first train arrived into Hastings Station back in 1851 and it was given a multi-million pound makeover in 2004.