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Railways: Sussex

Department for Transport written question – answered on 14th June 2018.

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Photo of Nicholas Soames Nicholas Soames Conservative, Mid Sussex

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effects of the May 2018 timetable changes on rail services (a) on the Brighton line, (b) at Haywards Heath Station and (c) at East Grinstead Station.

Photo of Jo Johnson Jo Johnson Minister of State (Department for Education) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Minister of State (Department for Transport), Minister of State (London)

The service provided on Thameslink services since the start of the new timetable has been unacceptable. It is the Department’s number one priority to restore reliability on these routes. This includes the routes mentioned, from the Brighton main line and East Grinstead to London Bridge and Blackfriars.

Once the timetable has stabilised, passengers from Mid Sussex will begin to see the benefits brought by this change. This includes new direct peak-time services from East Grinstead through the Thameslink Core and additional capacity from Haywards Heath into London Victoria and the Thameslink Core.

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