LETTER: The effect will be devastating

I am writing to express my horror about the fact that most trains from Seaford to Newhaven (the port) via Lewes and a number of other stations to Brighton have been cancelled from Monday [July 11] by Southern Rail under their ‘revised timetable’. This will have a devastating effect on Seaford, Newhaven and the areas en route to Brighton. Not only will the nightmare of travel to work, school or college now be even worse, but also tourism and the economy of our towns will be affected.

There will still be two commuter trains through to London in the early morning and one returning in the evening. Apart from that, most Seaford to Brighton trains have been cancelled.

Recent chaos on the trains, and now these totally unacceptable cuts, are the result of an industrial dispute between management and staff. How did Southern Rail – and Govia, the parent company – allow industrial relations to degenerate into this appalling situation? We, the travelling public, are being used as pawns in internal strife which is not of our making. The cuts affect more than 40,000 people. They are far more drastic than cuts to other lines under the revised timetable. The promised replacement buses will be slow and add to traffic congestion. The various bus services along the coast road are often already over-crowded. There is no ordinary bus service from Seaford to Lewes. The elderly and disabled and those without cars – including myself – will also be severely affected.

Anne Marr

Hurdis Road, Seaford

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