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Eastbourne & Willingdon Lib Dems

Lloyd welcomes newly repaired clock tower

February 11, 2014 2:37 PM

All four faces of the clock tower above Eastbourne station are once again fully operational following pressure applied by Stephen Lloyd MP.

Stephen was notified that three of the clocks on the tower of Eastbourne station had stopped at the end of last year by the Eastbourne Herald. He immediately contacted the CEO of Southern Railway and three of the four dials were fixed within a fortnight. However the fourth - northern - dial remained difficult to fix because of a lack of parts and an accessibility issue, but this was finally resolved last week.

Stephen Lloyd said: "I am very pleased that we finally have our magnificent Victorian clock tower in full working order again. At one point it seemed like fixing the north dial was going to require scaffolding, and I am delighted this inconvenience could be avoided so our iconic clock tower remained visible even when it wasn't functional. I am very grateful to the Herald for highlighting the problem."

He added: "This historic clock tower reminds us all of the importance that the train line has had on the development of our town throughout the ages. This will continue in the soon to be announced Southern Thameslink franchise which I am hopeful will include our long awaited faster train to London. Since my call for support in the Herald, my office has been inundated with emails from individuals and businesses all joining my call for a fast train. These will be sent on to the Department for Transport to show just how united we all are over the issue. I'll be collecting these for another couple of weeks yet, so it's not too late to add your support - please write to stephen.lloyd.mp@parliament.uk with a short note which says why you want a fast train from Eastbourne to London."