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Eastbourne & Willingdon Lib Dems

MP calls for town-wide effort on Fast Train Campaign

January 28, 2014 5:40 PM

Stephen Lloyd MP has launched the next phase of his campaign to get a fast train to London. The shortlisted train companies have now all submitted their bids for the Southern Thameslink Franchise, and he is calling on local residents and businesses to write in support of those bids that have promised to deliver a Fast Train.

The Invitation to Tender concluded at the end of 2013, and in the months preceding this deadline Stephen met with representatives from all 5 bidding train companies to emphasise the benefits a fast train would bring to them and Eastbourne. The reception was universally positive, and while the terms of the consultation prohibit the companies from revealing the contents of their bids, it can safely be assumed that most of the bids will include a faster service.

Now the detailed submissions are in the final decision will be made by the Bid Director and Ministers at the Department for Transport. Just as before when residents wrote by the thousand to the Department to ensure that Eastbourne dominated the consultation, Stephen is asking that all residents, businesses and concerned people write in again to call for a Fast Train service to and from London. Short notes of support for the campaign can be sent to Stephen at stephen.lloyd.mp@parliament.uk or posted to the MP's office at 100 Seaside Road, BN21 3PF. From there they will be collated and sent on to the Department of Transport.

Stephen said: "Eastbourne comes into its own when we all pull together. I am sure that the thousands of locals who responded to the consultation last time were responsible for the recognition that Eastbourne received in the Department's response. Based on this document - which detailed the terms that the train companies had to meet - and the positive noises that have come from the bidders, I believe we are in with a great shot of getting a fast train to London. So I'm asking everyone to write in. Send me just a couple of lines in support of the fast train, and I am sure these will have a significant impact on the final decision."

He added: "A faster train will be a silver bullet for Eastbourne - bringing more investment, jobs and tourists to our great town. The development going on across Eastbourne, particularly the £85 million Town Centre Regeneration shows how we have bucked the economic trend and are leading the recovery in East Sussex. One final push from everyone would be a great help"