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Kemptown MP to attend roundtable talks with train operators

Sarah Green January 31, 2015

On Monday, February 2,  Simon Kirby, MP for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven, will be taking part in a roundtable discussion on the state of the rail service in Sussex with Southern, Thameslink and Network Rail.

Simon Kirby MP for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven
Simon Kirby MP for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven

THE MEETING will be chaired by the Parliamentary Under Secretary for Transport Claire Perry MP, and attended by senior management of Southern Rail, Thameslink, Network Rail and the Office of Rail Regulation, as well as franchising officers from the Department for Transport.

The Kemptown MP recently met with the Transport Minister to discuss rail services in the area and especially the need to improve the Brighton Mainline service.

Following this meeting, the Minister invited Simon to take part in the upcoming meeting.

Disruption on the Brighton Main Line is a regular occurrence, which has been highlighted by the recent revelation that the 7:29 morning service from Brighton to Victoria was late every day in 2014.

The meeting will be an opportunity to push for improvements to the rail service on the Brighton Main Line.

During the meeting, an action plan to improve train performance on this vital commuter route will also be presented, allowing Mr Kirby an immediate opportunity to share his views on their plans, and reiterate the frustrations and concerns of his constituents.

Mr Kirby said: “Following on from my recent meeting with the Rail Minister, I decided to take the opportunity to attend the upcoming roundtable discussions with high ranking rail management and officials, so that I can again make them aware of how my constituents feel about the rail service, and to push for improvements.

“I will be listening closely to their action plan for improving their performance, but also making sure they are aware that the many people living in Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven who commute every day would like to see a dramatic improvement to the reliability of their train service.

“As a regular commuter myself, I understand the frustrations that many commuters feel with the service, and I will be pushing for dramatic improvements to reliability, as well as continuing my calls for more user friendly ticket machines, the introduction of WiFi on trains, paperless ticket technologies, and faster delay repay services.”