Chance to quiz Southern Rail

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Rye rail users will have an opportunity to question Southern’s performance when deputy managing director David Scorer attends a public meeting at Rye Town Hall on Tuesday April 28 at 7pm.

Stuart Harland, chairman of Marsh Link Action Group, said: “Unfortunately, Southern Railways’ representative was unable to get to the AGM held on 24 March leaving something of hole in the Agenda, especially since many attendees were keen to ask questions about Southern’s performance over the year so far.

“At the original MLAG AGM, fortunately Southern’s East Coastway Area Manager happened to be present and did what he could to respond to questions, however he had only been in that role for a short time and so it was difficult but he did agree to research and respond to any issues we raised.”

Priority questions on the night will include poor connections at Ashford.

Mr Harland said: “MLAG would like to see a policy reintroduced to enable late running trains to meet their connections if the delay is within a specified number of minutes.”

Other questions will relate to line speeds and time-tabling.

Following work on the line a few years ago, which involved the closing of the Ore Tunnel, Southern had indicated that line-speeds would improve.

The last train from Ashford to Rye currently leaves at 22.34 but MLAG would like to see a later train.

Mr Harland said: “No doubt members of MLAG, and of the public attending will have their own questions to ask on the night.”