I AM interested in the campaign for faster trains from Eastbourne to London.
Seventy minutes is easily met if the trains does not stop at stations.
Brighton to London Bridge non-stop took only 35 minutes and I have a DVD record of the train’s time record.
If we took three minutes off slowing/stopping/starting on each station Polegate, Lewes, Cooksbridge, Plumpton, Haywards Heath, Gatwick, East Croydon, Clapham Junction – eight stations – total time wasted = 24 minutes.
Take away from its normal 1 hour 28 minute journey so 24 minutes to make only hour and 4 minutes (64 minutes!).
Yes 70 minutes is possible if at Haywards Heath trains hooked up or split from Littlehampton (may take about six minutes).
I don’t understand why the operators still cling to old Network Rail system.
In local issues for Eastbourne areas, there are new housing estates in Willingdon Trees and Stone Cross crying for light rail railway stations like Croydon tramlink to serve them.
My son lives in Stone Cross and commutes to Brighton. He currently has to walk 40 minutes each way to Polegate station or I give him a lift on bad days. Buses from Stone Cross to Polegate too poor and taxis too expensive. Come on borough council – press for two new stations.
Good luck with the campaign for a better rail transport for Eastbourne and East Sussex.