February 28th, 2023.

Lewes Lib Dems release:

James MacCleary has written to Southern rail to call for new trains between Seaford and Brighton, to replace the oldest active trains in the UK.

The Seaford to Brighton line serves major coastal towns of Seaford and Newhaven, the county town of Lewes as well as the University of Sussex and Brighton, and Brighton and Hove Albion at Falmer.

The 313 class trains used on the line are the oldest rolling stock in the UK, and were 35 years old when they were introduced.

James said: "It's plain to see these old trains simply aren't fit for purpose. They're run down, the seats are full of holes and there are no toilets. It's not the rail experience we should be offering in 2023.

"If we're going to ask people to get out of their cars, it's vital that we're improving public transport, not watching it get worse.

"Rail fares are so expensive and the government has done nothing about it. The least we could expect for our rail fares is to have modern trains.

"I've written to Southern Rail to demand better."
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