Need to simplify people’s journeys

As a retired train driver may I put forward a few thoughts on the Eastbourne-London train service.

This journey has definitely got slower over the years and London trains appear to fill in for what should be a separate stopping service from Eastbourne or Hastings to Haywards Heath which could act as a local feeder for Glynde, Berwick, Cooksbridge and Plumpton, thus relieving the fast service from stopping at these stations.

There is an electrified siding at Haywards Heath where the train could be put out of the way before making the down trip stopping at the same places.

Many years ago the line was electrified to Horsted Keynes and a two car service operated in a similar way from Seaford.

It would be nice if the attaching and detaching at Haywards Heath could be done away with and let the East and West coast services run as a dedicated service throughout. This would simplify people’s journeys as well.

I lost count of the numbers who ended up on their way to Lewes when they wanted Hove or Worthing, sometimes in the early hours of the morning.

None of this will happen until the signalling system is brought up to date between Polegate and Lewes and at other locations as well.

I believe a massive scheme is in the pipeline with a new signalling centre at Three Bridges which will certainly benefit everyone by increasing line capacity on the Brighton main line and all of the associated routes.

Jeff Simmons, West Close, Polegate.