SHRIMP in the local press

The following statement by Martin Woodfine has been published in the Hastings Observer:

Martin Woodfine said: “It is regrettable that the on-going disputes affecting Southern Rail services to / from Ore & Hastings show no sign of immediate resolution. The operator has released a table of services that are being pre-cancelled daily in order that staff can be more efficiently deployed. This can be found through the following link, which is also available via our social media feed.

http://www.southernrailway.com/your-journey/conductor-sickness/

It is important to note that these are only the pre-planned cancellations and that no services to/ from this are included in the list. However, staff sickness is random and there have been regular short-notice cancellations on all our Southern-operated routes, often with the affected services terminating / starting at Eastbourne. This latter development is very unhelpful because Eastbourne already has 2 services to Victoria an hour, as against our one. Similarly our Ashford service is hourly.

As a voluntary group we are unwilling to endorse either GTR or the RMT in this dispute. However, the GTR franchised is 100% subsidised by the Department for Transport (DfT), with all fare revenue returning to them, and we feel that the DfT should be taking a more pro-active and publicly visible role in resolving this dispute, with no pre-determined outcome.”