LETTER: Dumped rail passenger

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On the evening of November 30, rail services to Eastbourne were disrupted. I was advised to catch a train to Brighton. It was only four carriages long and passengers were crushed in like sardines. We were told to alight at Haywards Heath and catch the train to Eastbourne – but no train available.

I got back on another train to Brighton and waited there for the Eastbourne train. It departed at 10.28pm. I was advised that it stopped at Lewes, Polegate and Eastbourne.

I left the train at what I was informed was the next stop, Polegate – only to find I was at Berwick, an unscheduled stop. The station was unmanned, dark, intimidating and isolated.

I was really upset. It was late at night, lonely and horrible.

I don’t think I will risk Southern trains again. I will catch National Express; at least I will feel safe.

My heart goes out to the poor commuters who have to endure such chaos on a regular basis. Lack of any information and the feeling of vulnerability is very hard and leaves scars.

Mrs S J Lewis

Church Bailey, Westham

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