Fast train campaign back on track

MP Stephen Lloyd is campaigning for faster trains between Eastbourne and London. He is picutred here with the MP's Commission and other Eastbourne representatives lobying for a fast train in Parliament.
MP Stephen Lloyd is campaigning for faster trains between Eastbourne and London. He is picutred here with the MP's Commission and other Eastbourne representatives lobying for a fast train in Parliament.

A campaign to see a fast train introduced between Eastbourne and London is getting back on track.

The town’s MP, who is pushing for the train to get between Eastbourne and England’s capital city in 70 minutes, had a meeting in Westminster last week about the issue.

The MPs Commission ongoing camapign to get a fast train had been put on hold for the last nine months as all new train tenders, including Thameslink which covers Eastbourne, were stopped by the Coalition Government after the West Coast Mainline problems.

However, Mr Lloyd is looking to push the issue next month.

He explained, “I had a meeting in Westminster last week with one of the train operators who are bidding for the Thameslink franchise when it starts up again after the delay.

“They told me that it was likely the Department of Transport would be making an announcement that the new tendering doucments are likely to be released in September.

“This is very good news and I emphasised again to the train operator, as I have done to all lead bidders and the Department of Transport just how determined we are in Eastbourne to get a faster train service.

“London in 70 minutes is our goal and I will be pushing this objective hard once the bidding process starts up again in 
September.”