Unions standing in the way of progress
Constituents are rightly furious with the state of our local rail services. Southern rail has been crippled again by strikes. Southeastern’s services have deteriorated for existing passengers and those searching for a reliable alternative to Southern. The state of our railway personally impacts me on three fronts. Firstly, I commute from East Sussex to Parliament so I also get stuck on our trains when they do not work. Secondly, I now spend the bulk of my day in Rail inquiries, meetings with Ministers, speaking for commuters in the chamber and taking other Parliamentary action to put pressure on those responsible to fix the issue. Finally, I spend much of the time I have left writing back to the many constituents who email and write each day asking me what I am doing to help resolve the matter as it is seriously impacting their lives.