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Lib Dems press Government to justify proposed cut to Cannon Street service

January 2, 2010

Nick Perry, the Lib Dem parliamentary campaigner for Hastings & Rye, has stepped up his work to hold the Department of Transport to account for the proposal to cut the Hastings-Cannon Street direct rail service from 2015.

Whilst a letter to Mr Perry from the Department suggested that a further consultation would be necessary before the change of franchise in 2014, he has asked Luke Burton, contract manager for Southeastern Rail Service Delivery, to provide the consultation returns in respect of the proposed cut.

Speaking to the Observer during the Christmas period, Nick said,

“There is absolutely no point consulting people if you do not listen to what they are saying to you.

“I, and others, have been absolutely clear that there are serious regeneration implications to the proposed cut from 2015. This is why we do not want the proposal in the RUS document.

“We now need to see exactly what the consultation responses were to the proposal, and have in writing the rationale for keeping it in the RUS.  I hope that the Department will provide answers post-haste.”

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