Thursday, 15 October 2009

Slow train to Eastbourne

Isn’t it about time that Eastbourne had a better rail service?

While visitors to Brighton are favoured with additional trains and additional capacity, we are provided with a branch line service with trains so full that they remind me of the underground during rush hour.

And while they are treated to a non-stop journey, we are calling at just about everywhere including Berwick, Balcombe and Wivelsfield where the platforms are not even long enough to accommodate the train.

For travellers, the train journey to Eastbourne is fraught enough as we worry over whether we are sitting in the right part of the train lest I end up in Bognor Regis, Littlehampton or Seaford.

Southern claims to listen to its customers and aims to “create a different kind of train company: one that delivers by thinking like the passengers it serves”.

Well think again I say.