As a campaign to deliver a fast train between Eastbourne and London gathers speed the town’s MP is calling for the community to write in support of bids that have promised to deliver such a scheme.
Stephen Lloyd says shortlisted train companies have now all submitted their bids to Southern Thameslink Franchise and he is now asking residents and businesses to share their views.
The Invitation to Tender concluded at the end of 2013, and in the months preceding this deadline Mr Lloyd met with representatives from all five bidding train companies to emphasise the benefits a fast train would bring to them and Eastbourne.
Mr Lloyd said while the terms of the consultation prohibit the companies from revealing the contents of their bids, it can safely be assumed that most of the bids will include a faster service.
Just as before when residents wrote by the thousand to the Department for Transport to ensure that Eastbourne dominated the consultation, the politician is asking that all residents, businesses and concerned people write in again to call for a Fast Train service to and from London. Short notes of support for the campaign can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to his office at 100 Seaside Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3PF.
Mr Lloyd said, “Eastbourne comes into its own when we all pull together.
“I am sure that the thousands of locals who responded to the consultation last time were responsible for the recognition that Eastbourne received in the Department’s response.
“Based on this document - which detailed the terms that the train companies had to meet – and the positive noises that have come from the bidders, I believe we are in with a great shot of getting a fast train to London. So I’m asking everyone to write in. Send me just a couple of lines in support of the fast train, and I am sure these will have a significant impact on the final decision.”