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Network Rail does not understand the regeneration implications of its plans

December 6, 2009

Nick Perry, the Lib Dem parliamentary campaigner for Hastings & Rye, has responded furiously to the recent announcement from Network Rail that train services into Central London will be withdrawn from 2015.

At the East Sussex County Transport Conference on Friday 27th November 2009, Richard Howkins from Network Rail, communicated the following confirmed message:

“From 2015 services between Cannon Street and Hastings will definitely be withdrawn and all services to Hastings will be reduced from 12 to 8 cars in the peak hours due to capacity restrictions at Tunbridge Wells for Thameslink terminating services.”

Nick said, “I am not sure that Network Rail fully understands the regeneration implications of this statement.

“Fortunately, the St Leonards and Hastings Rail Improvement Programme has been planning for the worst, and has made proposals that will maintain links from the capital to our constituency at peak hours.

“I back these proposals 100%, and have written asking Lord Adonis to come to Hastings as soon as possible to hear from rail activists in person”, said Nick.

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